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The Surprising Connection Between Sitting and Anxiety

Understanding the link between sedentary behavior and anxiety can help us come up with strategies for lifestyle changes.

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“I Just Want a Happy Life Without This Constant Anxiety”

Many of us live with persistent anxiety. If our doctor recommends stepping away from medicine, what are some ways to cope without medicine?

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Help Your Mind Avoid Distractions

Our ability to stay with one topic is constantly in jeopardy, sometimes due to factors that we can control and sometimes to those we cannot.

A Little Meditation Goes a Long Way
You don’t need to be an expert in mindfulness meditation to experience its amazing stress-relieving benefits. In fact, in a new study, participants who meditated for just 25 minute…
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A Spell to Stop Worrying

Spells are only as powerful as the intentions and emotions they raise inside you.

Spirituality and Anxiety

Anxious? Approaching the problem with self-compassion and mindfulness may help. Discover more about spirituality and anxiety.

CBD for Anxiety

How can CBD help you with anxiety and is it safe?

Book Review: Anxiety

The Missing Stage of Grief

When Anxiety Spirals and Mindfulness Isn’t Enough

The world doesn’t stop being confusing and cruel just because we decide to think positively. When anxiety has you gripping the sheets, ask yourself these questions to redirect.

Giving Voice to Anxiety and Acceptance

Having a hard time meditating because of anxious thoughts? Try saying your worries out loud.

Mastering Creative Anxiety
24 Lessons for Writers, Painters, Musicians and Actors from America's Foremost Creativity Coach By Eric Maisel “Anxiety is part of the human condition,” says Eric Maisel. And it’…
7 Essential Oils for Anxiety

Calming essential oils for anxiety can soothe racing thoughts, overall stress, tight muscles, and panic attacks.

6 Habits to Help Navigate Anxiety

“While we can’t eliminate our anxiety, we can navigate it. We can diminish its power—and live fulfilling lives anyway.”

Hypnotherapy for Pandemic Anxiety Relief

Anxious? Have you tried hypnotism? Hypnotherapist David R. Wright uses hypnotherapy for anxiety relief by tapping into the subconscious and diminishing anxious triggers.

Embracing All Emotions: An Empath Pioneer Shows You How

We talk to Karla McLaren about what we can learn from our anger, how to approach anxiety, why positive emotions aren't always positive, and more.

Easing Anxiety with Kava

New research indicates this South Pacific root—an ancient tonic for relaxation—can help calm frayed nerves.

The Fear & Anxiety Solution
By Friedemann SchaubIf the anxious mind is a spiraling whirlpool of what-ifs and self-doubt, then The Fear & Anxiety Solution is an anchor that helps keep the spirit moored. Au…
My Two-Word Response to Daily Anxiety

Do you have daily anxiety? Welcome to being human. “... It would be great, because anxiety is a part of every day, if laughter could be too.”

6 Ways to Deal With Nighttime Anxiety

Vanquish middle-of-the-night stress with these six tips for better sleep.

A Surprising Perk of Anxiety

Reasonable levels of anxiety boost the memory, a new study shows.

The Power of Being with Anxiety

A path to keep anxiety from controlling your life.

The Sweet Smell of De-Stress: How to Use Lavender for Anxiety

In scents, oils, and creams it’s a resounding “yes!” for lavender as a safe and effective anxiety reliever. Interest in its benefits as an oral supplement is also growing fast.

Book Review: The Wisdom of Anxiety

"Though commonly labeled a disorder, anxiety, for Paul, is simply evidence of the imagination and an invitation to wholeness. She shares tools and mindsets that allow us to approach anxiety with curiosity instead of shame, so that we may decode its messages, wherever they surface."

How Your Brain Processes Anxiety

For every outward symptom you can see from anxiety, there are even more complex processes happening inside your brain.

The Anxiety of Intuition

Is intuition a useful tool or will it lead you astray? Julie Peters weighs the answers.

9 Ways to Reduce Anxiety Right Here, Right Now

There are many tools and techniques you can use to manage and eliminate anxiety and worry effectively. Here, experts share healthy ways to cope with and reduce anxiety right here, right now in this moment.

Video: A Daily Yoga Practice for Detoxing Anxiety

In this video, Sherianna Boyle, author of Emotional Detox for Anxiety, shows us how to dedicate the energy of a simple, daily yoga practice to the detoxing of anxiety and all the reactivity surrounding it.

Three Tools for Managing Social Anxiety
When you are feeling stressed and anxious, what’s your strategy? If you’re like many of us, you head home to hide under your covers. What if I told you the cure was at the cocktail…
Leave Anxiety on the Plate

Uma Naidoo, author of This Is Your Brain on Food, explores how the foods we eat may be driving up our anxiety.

5 New Ways to Fight Anxiety

Five novel ways to tamp down daily anxiety.

Boost Your Optimism for Less Anxiety

A new study links optimism and less anxiety with an area in the brain called the Orbitofrontal cortex.

Natural Approaches for Alleviating Anxiety and Panic
I’m familiar with debilitating anxiety—intimately so. Three years ago, I was pummeled with my first panic attack out of the clear blue sky and it was a terrifying experience. But …
Can Probiotics Ease Your Anxiety?
If you’re stressed out, and feel like you’re in a pickle, well… good. Because consuming fermented foods like pickles, yogurt, and kombucha may make you feel less anxious.A new stud…
Communicate to Reduce Stress, Anxiety, and Insomnia

The language we use when we speak to ourselves makes a profound difference in how we feel. These tools can help ease you to a calmer state.

Can Healing Schools Heal Depression and Anxiety?

The search for a school to ease my mind

Dealing with COVID-19: 5 Ways to Control Coronavirus Anxiety

Is coronavirus news ramping up your anxiety? Does the thought of social distancing make you fret? Try these five strategies to help you cope.

Meditation Medication Part 1: Grounding for Anxiety or Overwhelm

The first in three-part meditation series inspired by Ayurveda.

Schedule Your Worry Time: Simple Postponement Steps to Reduce Anxiety

Studies show that picking a time and a place to fret reduces anxiety. Try this postponement exercise to manage your worry time.

Four Keys to Unlock the Wisdom of Anxiety

I wouldn’t have expected the ER doctor to say, “Welcome, you’ve just entered your dark night of the soul.” But if he had sent me on my way with information about what was happening, it would have been easier for me to arrive at the why.

Switching Sounds: The Benefits of White Noise for Anxiety and Sleep

The sound energy of white noise is the same across the entire spectrum. Learn how this handy shock-absorber can relieve anxiety and improve sleep.

Science & Spirit: Matcha for Anxiety, Cultured Meats, and Soy Is Redeemed

This week, the focus is the latest news in nutrition. Discover how matcha tea helps with anxiety; why “clean meat” is a label you’re likely to soon see; and how soy has gotten a thumbs-up for heart health claims. Want the details? Here we go!

Freeing Yourself of Anxiety Feet First

“How can you help yourself feel a sense of calm, reassurance, and peace? The answer is at your feet. Literally.”

7 Tools to Ease Anxiety at Family Gatherings

These tools will help you keep your cool through the chaos of the holidays.

3 Sense Practices to Calm Anxiety
Our senses offer an immediate doorway to the present moment, and there are potent added benefits to these three sensory experiences. Try one the next time your stress and anxiety m…
How Listening to Your Gut Can Curb Anxiety: An Eater’s Guide

Creating balance in your gut can help to alleviate your anxiety.

10 Cognitive Distortions That Contribute to Anxiety and Depression

The 10 most common cognitive distortions, how they work, and why they are misleading.

Rewiring Your Relationship with Tension and Anxiety

Here are ways to embrace, rather than avoid stress.

“My Worst Panic Attack Ever Came Out of the Blue!”

The body has its own way of processing emotions. “The rush of symptoms people experience in a panic attack is a tsunami of fear being released in the body. The question is: What’s deep below the surface that keeps building up fear that needs to be released?”

Science & Spirit: Brain fog, deep sleep for anxiety, and why you should lace up those running shoes.

This week, the world of science made some interesting connections. Researchers found that inflammation may be the cause of brain fog, that deep sleep stages calm an overly anxious mind, and that any amount of running is better than no running. For details, read on.

Calming The Anxious Mind

Giving clients control leads to better results

How I learned to make dairy-free, anxiety-easing, gut-saving smoothies
People who get to know me now find it difficult to imagine that I was not always joyfully dancing West African dance and singing rhythm and blues, but only two years ago I ended a …
Praying to a Loving God Guards Against Anxiety Disorders
Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. ~ Mahatma Gandhi What are your deepest beliefs regarding the nature of God? When you pray, do you talk to a loving, p…
Pratyahara Meditation to Focus the Mind and Calm Anxiety

Use this guided meditation to draw the senses closer to connect with the body in the present moment.

Don't Choke

Try these tricks to handle the pressure of performance.

Book Review: The Gifts Beneath Your Anxiety by Pat Longo
Anxiety, panic attacks, sadness, and heightened sensitivity can carry with them a multitude of other effects—headaches, depression, and impediments from life’s joys. However…
An Old and Surprisingly Helpful Definition of Sin

What if we define sin as “anxious self-centeredness”? When we empty ourselves of lower energies, what takes their place?

Mindfulness for the Wallflower

Meditation is at the core of a new generation of treatments for social anxiety.

3 Things You Should Never Say to an Anxious Child (and What to Do Instead)

It's normal to be anxious, and it's normal to react poorly to anxiety in others! Here are some tips if you're around anxious children.

Why We Fear the Future

People who struggle to deal with uncertainty may in fact may have an unusually large striatum.

My Dancing Warrior

An excerpt from Goodbye Parkinson’s, Hello Life!

Book Review: The Comfort Crisis

“Do hard things and the rest of life gets easier”

5 Practices for Calming Racing Thoughts
Racing thoughts may be a daily reality for you or an occasional annoyance. Racing thoughts are common for people with anxiety when they’re facing a stressor. They’re also common in…
Why Do So Many of Us Live in Fear?

"If only they knew: For us, fear is not a choice. A little fear is necessary for survival: Ask any gazelle. But too much fear can be as crippling as too little."

Meditation Is Hard When You Hate Yourself
Maybe at some point you decided to try meditation—thinking it might help you resemble those placid, robe-draped figures chanting in the documentaries. Maybe you marveled at t…
Train Your Nervous System for Calm

Two ways to access calm strength within ourselves.

Don't Panic! Worrying about your health can trigger real symptoms
Your mom always told you that worrying would make the shot worse, and now research confirms that some things really do hurt more if you think they will.A study published recently i…
A Root Cause of Pessimism, Revealed

New research could lead to better treatment of anxiety and depression.

Pregnant During a Pandemic

Pregnancy naturally causes anxiety—then tack on a pandemic. Writer Julie Peters shares her journey and how working on stress-management skills helps.

Finding Refuge

My 5-Week, $500 Vacation from Anxiety

An Interview with Andrea Petersen

S&H caught up with journalist Andrea Petersen, author of On Edge: A Journey through Anxiety

Finding Balance in a Pandemic

Finding balance isn't easy in these tightrope-walking days. But: “Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.” –Rumi

5 Ways to Calm Down During COVID-19

It’s a pandemic and you’re a stress ball. Here are 5 ways to catch your breath and calm down.

Stress as Unhealthy To Swallow as Fries

Stress can alter the digestive system, not just the mind and spirit.

4 Ways to Mindfully Consume News During Coronavirus

With news this intense and upsetting, we need to monitor our own consumption very carefully.

Being in the Flow of Heartache and Pain

Yoga and mindfulness can help us recognize that our discomfort has a flow.

Moments of Sweetness: Nonattachment in Difficult Times

Something joyful, beautiful, pleasurable, or delicious is happening: Notice moments of sweetness.

Worry—It Does a Body Good

A psychology professor argues that worrying is actually good for the mind and body.

The Secret Life of Tickling

Which brain structures are at play during a tickle fight? Researchers found out.

How to Stop a Panic Attack

3 steps to warding off rising panic

Stressed Out? Make a Checklist.

This one simple strategy can help you significantly reduce your anxiety and stress.

The Art of Worrying

Worry creates a sense of powerlessness that fuels sensations of fear and anxiety. The more empowered we feelthe more we sense that whatever happens, we can successfully handlethe less necessary worrying becomes.

Tips for Sleeping Peacefully While Anxious

Useful tips to prevent insomnia due to anxiety.

How Much CBD is Enough for Me?

Intrigued about the topical use of CBD for pain relief, anti-inflammatory purposes, and anti-anxiety? Read on to learn more.

How to Relax When Seeing the Dentist

Dr. Ross Chiaramonte on overcoming dentist phobia. Sponsored Content from Reputation.CA

Podcast: Hala Khouri, on Trauma

The idea of collective trauma and individual trauma have shaped the work of yoga teacher, therapist, and activist Hala Khouri.

Why Do I Worry So Much?

5 steps to prevent excessive worrying

Is Mindfulness Really the Best Way to Reduce Worry?

A new study examines how different practices benefit people who worry a lot

6 Ways to Fight Holiday Insomnia

An expert in cognitive behavioral therapies targeting better sleep, Dr. Nicole Moshfegh, author of The Book of Sleep, provides six strategies to help you ward off sleeplessness during the holidays.

Sahar Paz: Find Your Voice
“Don’t let my shero cape become my veil,” was the mantra war survivor Sahar Paz repeated over and over again as she learned how to speak out in a world that asked her to be silent.…
10 Telltale Signs of Low Self-Esteem

Anneli Rufus is a frequent contributor to Spirituality & Health. Her books Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto and the Nautilus Award-winning Stuck: Why We Can't (or Won't) Move On examined our lives as individuals in a crowded world. Rufus’ upcoming work, Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself, will be released by Tarcher Penguin in the spring and continues this path, addressing self-esteem. It serves as the catalyst for this blog and asks: Why do we feel the way we do about ourselves?

Fear or Intuition?
Dear Eve,Sometimes I feel like I’m paralyzed with fear. I can’t tell whether I am being intuitive about things happening or just afraid of what the future might hold. Do you have a…
A Better Way to Break-Up

The pain of divorce can bring us to our knees. What if there’s a way not just to regain our footing but to step onto a new emotional path?

An Unexpected Gift of Ginger

Like serotonin for your soul, ginger root during the pandemic can be a balm for anxiety—among its many other benefits. Mary Novaria spins a yarn about how the superfood brought her relief.

You Were Not Born with Low Self-Esteem

Adapted from Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself

The Joys of Decoupling

A weeklong retreat beyond words and even snuggling

6 Ways Nature Can Help You Now

Nature provides a welcome respite from the chaos of the modern world. Seeking out the solace found in the natural world can offer a path out of feeling hopeless.

Writing Yourself Back to Yourself

Meera Lee Patel’s latest journal, Create Your Own Calm, is publishing as anxiety levels across the world are rising dramatically. Patel shared her creative process and personal journaling practice with S&H.

How to Support a Loved One Struggling with Mental Illness

Here are eight tips for sincerely supporting a loved one who is struggling with mental health, plus seven additional tips for supporting those with suicidal thoughts.

Anxious Right Now? 8 Helpful Tools

Whether it be the result of a big presentation, an important exam, or even a small task, anxiety comes in all shapes and sizes. It may feel overpowering at times, but you can conquer it.

Feeling Stuck? Try Diving Into Your Fears
You know when you feel stuck? I mean really stuck? Maybe you’re stuck in a bad marriage, or a really crappy job. Or you’re stuck with a body that is causing you grief (for whatever…
5 Ideas When Things Are Beyond Your Control

When everything feels up in the air, here’s how to keep worry from taking over.

How Your Brain Hides Painful Memories

A new study has sheds light on exactly how the brain hides memories.

Release Your Stress for a Good Night’s Sleep
Do you tend to ruminate on the negative events of your past or the fears of tomorrow? Many of us do. When we allow this pattern to continue, however, daily stresses and traumas hav…
3 Ways To Increase Your Social Intelligence
At the age of 54 my client, Doug, has no job, a stilted romantic relationship, and no friends. He fears he’s going to end up alone and homeless if things don’t change soon. The cor…
How to Believe in Yourself

If you don’t believe in yourself, if you don’t trust yourself, here are ideas to nurture faith.

We All Suffer From H.E.L.P. (Human Existential Looping Problem), but There’s Help!

Stuck in a rut—or a loop? “Thoughts we’ve had thousands of times are easier to have again than new, creative thoughts. ... So what are we to do about our loops getting stronger with every repetition?”

Spiritual Insight on Vulnerability From Schitt’s Creek

You live inside your skin tone, your mental health situation, your flawed family. “Like Johnny and Moira, we don’t need to be stigmatized or made to feel less than fully human when we’re up a creek without a paddle.”

The Antidote to Toxic Positivity

“Positivity becomes toxic when an overfocus on rainbows and flowers leads to bypassing necessary emotions and experiences. Difficult emotions are there for a reason.” There's one cure for toxic positivity ...

People-Pleaser Syndrome Almost Always Backfires
If you and I meet anytime, in any way, today, these things will almost certainly occur: I'll say yes when my heart and mind mean no. I'll feel, perhaps throughout our entire inte…
How (Besides Self-Hatingly) to Analyze Any Situation
After a long walk, I sat on a bench in a small city park and unwrapped a fresh pastry. I had just bitten the pastry when a man entered the park, unzipped his trousers and urinated…
Creating Calm from Chaos
The issue of stress is rampant in our culture. With ever-lengthening lists to get done, and increasing demands on our time and attention, stress is showing itself at every level of…
What Is Grounding?

Able to be practiced anywhere, by anyone, and at any time, grounding is an effective way to cope with anxiety.

All Together Now

“It’s true that we get clarity about what matters during a crisis, and, hopefully, as a society, we actually can readjust toward things that do matter.” —Singer Damian Kulash of OK Go

3 Powerful Practices to Free Yourself From Overwhelm

While the chaotic feeling of overwhelm has been normalized—it isn’t “normal.” Here are three ways to overcome your the frenzy of your busy schedule and the constant feeling of overwhelm.

Don’t Ignore Being Overwhelmed

“When overwhelm is given the time and space it needs to be processed, it transforms into a victory attempting to happen.”

How Anticipation Can Be Beneficial

Anticipation can be beneficial for your brain, your emotions, and even your physical health for many reasons, and it’s a skill worth learning.

How to Feed the Brain in Your Belly

Fixing your digestion can make you feel a lot less anxious.

Existential Angst and Social Media

Using social media can be bad for your health. Existentialist wisdom can help remove the angst from digital life.

Are You a Stressaholic? Here's a Five-Minute Fix
Increasingly over the past couple of years, I’ve been having outbreaks of hives and itchy skin. I finally sat down with an allergist, who gave it to me straight. I am allergic to p…
Crossing the River of Self-Doubt

In this week’s The Soul of Therapy, psychologist Kevin Anderson, Ph.D., shares how to tackle self-doubt and low self-esteem.

10 Instant Ways to Calm Yourself Down

If you’re easily overwhelmed, try these techniques to get centered.

Lessening Fear

Unlock the key to lessening fear and embracing gratitude and aliveness.

What Did You Talk Yourself Out of Today?
I recently sampled not one but two of the richest, thickest, sweetest, most stratospherically satiny ice creams I've ever tasted.One of these was High Road Craft Ice Cream, made by…
Wake up from Unworthiness

An Interview with Tara Brach

Student-Self and Teacher-Soul

“Very often, our anxious self will attack a problem, looking for how to juggle, maintain, or solve what has been set in motion, while the teacher within will stand back and question our very assumptions, even our very definition of what constitutes a problem.”

How to Use Ashwagandha Root

A longtime staple in ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha root is touted for treating everything from anxiety to insomnia—but does it work? And how much should you take?

Moving from Fear to Flow

How to identify the fears blocking your relationship—and melt them away to restore wonder

How to Embrace New Year's Resolutions When You Don't Believe in Yourself
Self-loathing can turn this annual self-help ritual into a slippery slope. New Year's resolutions are wonderful in principle. What spurs self-improvement better than specific, sta…
Explore CBD

In our special section we explore CBD from a variety of angles. Dive in to get up to speed on this huge trend.

The Medicine of Laughter

Stressed? Suffering from anxiety? Under the weather? Try laughing.

Relieve Tension with Scent

Relieve anxiety, tension, and headaches with this essential oil blend.

How to Use Guided Meditations

Guided meditation can be used to promote better sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, and even to relieve chronic pain.

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Are You a Workaholic? Better Read This

Workaholics are more likely to suffer from anxiety and other disorders.

“It All Feels Like Way Too Much”

Where can you put your anxiety so that you can continue functioning?

Surrender: A Practice of Uncertainty

COVID-19 has anxiety on high. To cope: It’s time to surrender.

The Healing Powers of Singing

Singing with a group relieves anxiety and depression, according to a new study.

4 Ways to Manage Holiday Overwhelm

Learn how to vanquish anxiety and actually enjoy the holidays with these tips.

Meditation for Teen Emotional Wellbeing

A unique retreat program combats increasing rates of stress, anxiety, and depression in young people.

Is Your Mind Broadcasting Fake News?

We who experience anxiety, depression and self-hatred know fake news better than anyone.

9 Adaptogens To Restore Your Body

Try these natural and effective remedies and increase your resistance to stress, anxiety, and fatigue.

The Brainbow Blueprint for Mental Health

There’s a saying that asking people to change their diet is like asking them to change their religion. What we eat and how we eat might be our most personal choices.

Health Expert Patricia Bragg on Stress Release

“We are all suffering from some kind of stress overload these days, which can cause chronic fatigue, anxiety attacks, insomnia, depression, mood swings, and burnout. What’s the answer? How can we find relief?”

Becoming a Grown-up in Middle Age

Accepting (even embracing) challenging emotions takes practice, but it's never too late.

Why Nostalgia is Good for Us

Nostalgia has been found to be a valuable coping tool for dealing with loneliness, boredom, and anxiety.

How to Use EMDR Therapy

EMDR takes traumatic memories and removes the anxiety connected with them. It can create healing that seems magical.

4 Herbal Cures for Christmas Crises

These simple herbal remedies help treat over-indulgence, anxiety, tension, and lowered immune systems, all in time for the holidays.

Is Your Brain Listening to Anxious Dragons?

“When you tame your Anxious Dragons you can overcome anxiety, panic, and irrational fears, so you can start feeling better and living the life you want.”

Boost Your Immune System With Exercise

From improved sleep and circulation to reduced anxiety and more, regular exercise boosts immunity and strengthens the body’s defense against illness.

What Does It Mean to Relax?

Feeling stuck in unhealthy patterns? You can find deeper rest and relaxation, ease anxiety, and recover from trauma through yoga Nidra practice.

Spirituality, Mental Health, and Therapy: The Mind-Body-Spirit Connection

Spirituality and mental health are often thought of as two separate tracks in a person's life. This six-part series aims to begin stitching them together, along with therapy, to reveal the critical areas where they influence each other.

Book Review: Neurodharma

We can leverage mental tools to tap into desired feelings of calm, contentment, peace, focus, and non-judgement, and move away from stress and anxiety.

Finding Freedom in Forgiveness

The capacity to forgive reveals a soul that is free of anxiety, one that is mature and equal to the complexity of human interaction.

A Healing Crisis After an Energy Treatment

Although it is not common to experience a healing crisis after a Energy Healing Treatment, here are 9 tips for moving through the process.

15 Calming Affirmations for Parents as School Starts in a Pandemic

Back-to-school time is usually a happy stress. This year, the pandemic and school closures have us all feeling extra anxious and stressed in a not-so-happy way. Try these affirmations for returning to school during a pandemic.

Spirituality and Depression

Therapist Kevin Anderson reflects on the connection between spirituality and depression. "I tell depressed people that I have given up on self-esteem and I hope they will too. Focusing on increasing self-esteem amounts to trying to prop up the small-i self."

Focusing on What Matters, Moment by Moment

“Many of the world's contemplative traditions teach that the normal mind is afflicted in various ways; that since it so readily brings us suffering and anxiety, it can't be deemed healthy.”

Spirituality and Relationships

Close relationships can bring out the best and worst in us. A mindful approach to relationships requires a mindful approach to life in general.

Spirituality and Psychotherapy

"Most of the people who consult me now want to explore a spiritual perspective on their life situations. Many say finding a therapist who would integrate spirituality into therapy was not easy. Most therapists are still trained to avoid making spirituality a focus of therapy."

Music Is My Salvation

“There are very extreme opposites in response to this pandemic, which, in a sense, are in all of us. I’m just hoping that the positive, compassionate response is the one that sings out the loudest.” —Jai Uttal

Addressing Trauma Through Yoga Practice

Hala Khouri has been a yoga teacher for over 25 years. She is a therapist and somatic experiencing practitioner. She uses her practice to address trauma, stress, and anxiety on a spiritual and physical level.

Dreading the Next Family Gathering?

Getting together with family, especially during the holidays, can cause a lot of stress and anxiety—even if it’s all love. In this week’s The Soul of Therapy, psychologist Kevin Anderson, PhD, gives us the tools to cope.

Guided Meditation: Within the Movement of Fall, Find Your Center

In this guided meditation use a grounding cord to drop into your center.

20 Morning Affirmations for Clarity, Purpose, and Joy

Kick-start your day with intention and positivity with these empowering morning affirmations.

11 Foods to Support Your Immune System

Add these foods to your diet during times of high stress. They can help keep your immune system functioning optimally so you can stay healthy and fight off illness.

Tom Bunn
Tom Bunn, LCSW, is the author of Panic Free: The 10-Day Program to End Panic, Anxiety, and Claustrophobia, which is the result of his many years addressing flight panic in his role…
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Books, services, education and products that are sustainable and environmentally friendly.

poem: HANDLE WITH CARE

"When clouds gather / in the aisle of my mind, / eyebrows withering into space,"

Sheryl Paul

Sheryl Paul, M.A., has guided thousands of people worldwide through her private practice, best-selling books, online courses, and her website, conscious-transitions.com. This article was adapted from her new book, The Wisdom of Anxiety: How Worry & Intrusive Thoughts Are Gifts to Help You Heal, published in May 2019 by Sounds True.

Jenna Grace
Jenna Grace is a neurodivergent writer and educator with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and social a…
Breathing for Mental Clarity

A guided meditation to sharpen the mind.

Kelsey J. Patel
Kelsey J. Patel is a spiritual coach, Reiki master, and wellness expert and has helped thousands struggling with burnout and anxiety. Kelsey worked on Capitol Hill in the U.S. Sena…
Guided Meditation: Body as Home

A simple guided meditation to help you connect to your breath and your body.

Therese J. Borchard
Therese J. Borchard is a mental health writer and advocate. She is the founder of the online depression communities Project Hope & Beyond and Group Beyond Blue, and is the author o…
Separating Physical Pain from Emotional Pain

When we suppress emotional energy, it lands in the energy system for the physical body, generating or exacerbating pain, illness and disease.

Sherianna Boyle
Sherianna Boyle is the author of Emotional Detox for Anxiety and seven other book titles. She is an adjunct psychology professor, the founder of the C.L.E.A.N.S.E Method®, C.L.E.…
The Risks of Disrupted Circadian Rhythms

Disrupted circadian rhythms play a bigger role than previously thought in our health.

Vaccinate Against Stress

Beneficial bacteria may become the basis for an immunization.

Surprising Ways to End “Mental Illness”

“An increasing number of studies have found that improving the physical functioning of the brain improves the mind.”

The Free-Range Brain

Brain imaging studies help us understand different forms of thought patterns.

Can Spirituality Protect Against Negative Emotions in Heart Disease?
There is no doubt how strongly our negative emotions affect our physiology. When we feel anxious, there is a gnawing sensation in our gut. When depressed, our whole body seems to s…
An Energy Practice for Debilitating Emotions

A protocol to use to evolve your energy through intention and attention, and an audio meditation to help guide you.

Sarah Wilson
Sarah Wilson is the author of the New York Times bestsellers First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety, which redefined the mental health genre, and I Quit …
Hone Your Energy Healing With Deeper Intention

Moving toward a more granular intention for an energy healing session.

When God Goes to Therapy

A new generation of psychologists finds that a spiritual approach to treatment can help patients heal.

Dr. Su Ravindran Talks About Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Many of us are well aware of what mindfulness is and the health and holistic benefits it provides. Those who practice mindfulness meditation, for example, understand personally how…
Audio Meditation for Connecting to the Heart
The heart holds our love, connection, joy, and forgiveness. It can also hold grief and anxiety. Sometimes what the heart feels is very different from what the mind thinks it wants.…
Science & Spirit: Brain Freeze, Don’t Stress about Stress, Eat Apples

This week, researchers share why we get a brain freeze when enjoying a cold drink or ice cream. They also warn us not to freak out so much if we feel anxious. And they would like us to eat some apples and tea, please. Want the bigger picture? Read on.

How Gut Health Affects Your Mood
If you’ve ever felt butterflies in your stomach when you were nervous, or known the truth of a situation through your ‘gut feeling’, you’ve experienced what has fast become a fasci…
8 Sleep Gadgets So Unusual They Might Just Work

Is sleep eluding you? Some unexpected tools may help you get to sleep and stay asleep.

The Catalyst

One rather innocuous experience delivered the most exhilarating, victorious, and perfect moments of my life.

Flowering Plants Speed Recovery from Surgery
If you want to help speed the recovery of a hospital patient who’s had surgery, bring a flowering plant, preferably a potted plant, suggests a recent study by the Department of Hor…
August Brice
August Brice of Tech Wellness is an EMF (electric and magnetic field) expert bringing mindfulness and balance to our relationship with technology. She is passionate …
5 Apps to Quiet Your Mind

From meditation to mental health, try these apps to achieve stillness on the run.

February: The Body

February: The Body Challenge

After exploring the stories and resources on this page, consider the ways you can hone your awareness of your body and create new habits for optimal health: celebrate your body with daily affirmations, attend a qigong class, or learn how to layer the groundwork for a healthier diet in The Medicine in Your Kitchen: Introduction to Ayurvedic Cooking.

Share your progress with the hashtag #FebTheBody and tag @spirithealthmag.

Create Your 40-day, Brain Body Diet Book Club

This could be the healthiest group you’ll ever join.

Do We Talk Too Much About Our Pain?

In a world of constant sharing—a debate about how much is too much.

The Hormone Cure
Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive and Vitality Naturally with the Gottfried ProtocolBy Sara GottfriedSCRIBNERFor the woman who never experiences fatigue, sugar cravings, or PM…
Thriving as an Empath

For 20 years, Judith Orloff has helped make being an empath “something that caring characters would aspire towards.” She shares practices from a lifetime of overcoming shame and creating empowerment.

Hello Sensation: An Audio Meditation for Befriending Your Body

This meditation is a practice of honoring and acknowledging the range of complex sensations and emotions that may be present at any given moment.

A Neuropsychiatrist Asks: Is It Time to Stop Talking About “Mental Illness”?

“Reimagining ‘mental health’ as ‘brain health’ changes everything.”

Toolbox: Crystal Clear

Explore the intriguing world of crystals with this beautiful collection of gems hand-picked by S&H.

3 Best Supplements for Better Sleep

“We know that sleep makes us feel better, and we know it’s better for us. And we even know how to measure our deep sleep. But how do we get it?”

3 Journals for Finding your Way in a Complex World

Journals that are interactive and aim to unlock the hidden places inside of us.

The Mind-Gut Connection
The Mind-Gut ConnectionHow the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall HealthBy Dr. Emeran MayerHarper Wave More than 100 trillion mic…
5 Steps to Solving the Opioid Crisis

By paying attention and anticipating pain (tension, need for energy, and so on), people come to “health consciousness” and are less likely to abuse prescription drugs.

Got a Busy Schedule? You May Not Need More Time, Just Energy and Perspective
Do you keep a running to-do list that never seems to end? Do self-directed commands such as “send emails” or “write resume” or “buy salad ingredients” always end up on tomorrow’s l…
Quarantine Comfort With CBD

Discover how CBD can help you through the pandemic.

Escape the Trance of Busyness: A Conversation With Tara Brach, PhD

S&H's Stephen Kiesling sat down with Tara Brach, founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Center of Washington and author of Radical Acceptance, to explore her RAIN practice: Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture.

What Nightcrawler Picking Taught Me About the Pursuit of Happiness

“Don’t put finding your happiness at the center of your searchlight. Center your life on giving people your best energy. Happiness will appear on the edge of the circle of your focus on bringing light to others.”

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD
Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD. is the Director of Yoga Research for the Yoga Alliance and the Kundalini Research Institute, a Research Associate at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind …
7 Ways to Sharpen Your Intuition

"Intuition can become mute, stifled, or drowned out when we find ourselves out of balance. Here are some ways to help you get grounded so that you can reconnect with that inner voice."

5 Reasons to Take a Fall Vacation

Make time to rejuvenate with a healing getaway.

New Moon Meditation: Pause the Breath, Pause the Mind

Try this audio meditation for slowing down the mind.

Getting Unstuck
Last May, in order to pursue his dream of an integrated life of travel, writing, and photography, a smart, attractive thirty-something named Zero Dean quit his job, terminated the …
From Holidaze to Holydays: A 7-minute Reset

An audio meditation to help reset from your worst self to your best self.

Friendships Boost A Woman’s Health
A landmark study by the University of Michigan has identified a likely reason why feeling emotionally close to a friend works wonders on a woman’s mood — and even boosts her health…
How Horses Can Heal Humans

Therapeutic horseback riding helps veterans with PSTD

Mindfulness for Menopause Relief

Being aware of the present moment may reduce certain symptoms.

Yoga for Allergies Part 2: The Nervous System
A few years ago, I had a very annoying skin allergy. Wherever I scratched, my skin would bubble up: the condition is called Dermatographia, or “skin writing” in Latin.I could write…
Play That Lightens the Load of Children in Hospitals
To spice up Sunday School, teachers at Christ Episcopal Church of Pontevedra Beach, Florida, began using a Christian storytelling program called Godly Play (godlyplay.com). The Mon…
The Prosperous Heart
The Prosperous Heart: Creating a Life of “Enough”By Julia Cameron, with Emma LivelyTarcher/PenguinOur current world has tutored us not in optimism but in dread. Days and nights are…
How Not to Stew

5 ways to stop stewing, and let go of minor offenses.

Zen Medication: Can Meditation Heal Us?
A study published in the July Journal of Psychiatric Practice reveals that Zen meditation and its secular sister, mindfulness meditation, effectively reduce depression, anxiety, an…
How Mental Stress Affects Your Heart

Constriction of tiny blood vessels, especially in women, can be deadly.

A Halloween-Time Practice for Finding Balance

Feeling off-kilter? This simple and powerful practice can bring you out of your swirling thoughts and ground you firmly in the present moment.

From the Editor

The letter from the editor kicks off each issue and helps set the tone for the magazine. Over the next six issues, members of the S&H team will be writing the letter. This issue’s writer, Kathryn Drury Wagner, is our wellness editor and resident social media guru, hot sauce fanatic, and wellness enthusiast.

Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Pain

Mindfulness meditation can help us befriend the pain sensations and teach the brain that it doesn’t need to sound the alarm so hard.

Audio Meditation: In the Flow of Discomfort

This audio meditation is for those times when there’s discomfort in the body, whether emotional or physical, that doesn’t easily go away.

How a New Blend of Mindful Movement Can Help You Heal

Use this method to process traumatic experiences and work through challenging emotional states.

3 Basic Supplements for Better Moods

A low mood is more common in the winter months. But it may also signal a gap in your nutrition.

5 Ways Not to Be Irritated All the Time

Constantly annoyed? Here are some strategies.

How Meditation and Mindfulness Help Ease Chronic Illness
A novel study suggests that meditation and mindfulness can greatly improve the lives of people with chronic illness, particularly those with diabetes mellitus or coronary heart dis…
CBD for Joint Pain

Can CBD help with joint pain? New research suggests so.

4 Better Ways to Breathe

Techniques for becoming more aware of your breathing patterns.

Cure Ruminative Thoughts With Sleep

Getting less than eight hours a night can lead to repetitive, intrusive thoughts.

Which Rest is Best?

A new study suggests cognitive fatigue can be relieved by playing “casual video games.”

6 Crystals to Help You Sleep

Find the right crystal for your sleep issue, and you'll soon be lost in dreamland.

Best Practice: How to Really Want to Work Out
Motivation is often spoken of as if it were some inward reservoir. Whether it is talking about one’s level of motivation (as if the tank were either full or empty), waiting for mot…
Calm the Body, Calm the Culture

Dr. Will Cole on easing chronic inflammation in individuals and in society as a whole.

12 Affirmations for Speaking Your Truth

Heal your fifth chakra with confident, authentic communication and by speaking your truth.

Podcast: David Hanscom, MD

A former spine surgeon presents effective pain-relief alternatives to risky procedures.

Check Your Thermostat To Avoid Depression
What should we do when we’re upset or depressed? Should we analyze our feelings to figure out what’s wrong, or should we just forget about them and move on? Opinions differ, but ne…
Schisandra: The Key to ZZs

This adaptogen can help you reclaim a good night's sleep.

The Self and the Other

Civil rights expert John A. Powell explores the delicate yet enduring cord between our spiritual practice and social justice.

Book Review: The Power of Heart

Reason and intellect are great, but when you feel like giving up, heart matters, according to Dr. Amy Bloch.

How to Find Calm Amid Chaos

Begin to lessen the overwhelming emotional response you may be experiencing to the smallest provocation.

Worried Sick

Recent studies confirm that a "half-empty" outlook is literally bad for your health.

That Music You Hate Constricts Your Heart
hen study participants at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore listened to music that brought them a sense a joy, the inner lining of their blood vessels bega…
Three Strategies for Touchy Topics During the Holidays

The holidays can be rife with conflict, division and struggle. Here are some ideas that can help.

Meditation on the Mat

Try yoga nidra for deep relaxation and profound healing.

Keeping Stay-at-Home Kids Healthy

Kids stuck at home due to coronavirus pandemic? Here are some ways to keep them mentally and physically fit.

Gut Bacteria Affects Your Mood?
New studies suggest that probiotics do more than help you digest—they may also boost your mood.Audrey Anne Sukacz said she started enriching her diet with probiotics—foods that con…
The Happiness Track: Are We Really Worlds Apart?

New research shows men and women aren't so different after all

Tree Pose to Ease the Body Into Meditation
Fall is a time of seasonal quickening, as we go back to work in earnest, and a time of rising anxiety. It is a perfect time to start or renew a mind/body meditation practice. You w…
Yoga and Mental Health

Yoga and mental health are inextricably intertwined. Yoga helps promote mindfulness, healing from trauma, and boosts creativity.

14 Affirmations For When You’re Around Someone Negative

Consider these affirmations an emotional shield for when you’re around someone who is allergic to optimism.

3 Easy Moves to Uplift Your Energy
The Great Rejuvenator inspires joy, reduces chronic fatigue, recirculates stagnant blood in legs, and relieves menstrual cramps. Lie on your back with your legs straight up agains…
Podcast: Dr. Will Cole

One of the leading voices in functional medicine talks with Rabbi Rami about chronic inflammation, and why it is time for entirely new approaches to health and wellness.

Your Brain on Yoga Nidra

Not only does yoga nidra meditation help you get a good night’s sleep, it also rids the body of harmful stress-inducing cortisol, boosts the production of “pleasure hormones,” and shifts brain waves into a beneficial state of regeneration and repair.

Yoga for Caregivers

Caregivers need care too. Explore the best yoga-based solutions for soothing the caregiver’s heart, mind, and body.

Boost Your Brain: 5 Natural Nootropics

These superfoods not only protect neurological function, they can also improve mental performance.

Infertility Solutions

Research shows that adding mind/body techniques to treatment options can increase the odds of conception.

The Beautiful Superfood: Pearl

Did you know you can eat pearls for their various health benefits including skin and bone health, as well as cell renewal?

Feeling Just a Little Better

A simple practice for positive thinking.

A Mind-Altering Message
One of the key words in the New Testament is metanoia, usually translated as "repentance" and giving rise to neurotic concerns about sin and self-reproach. But the Greek word meta …
The Man Who Planted Trees
by Jim Robbins“When the Europeans  landed, the forests were so thick that it’s often been said that a squirrel could travel from the Atlantic coast to the Mississippi River wi…
Soothe Restless Leg Syndrome Naturally
For many, restless leg syndrome is more than an irritating twinge. The neurological condition, often considered a sleep disorder because the spasms can wake you up at night, makes …
5 Favorites to Quiet the Mind

Books, Music, Film, Health, Healing, Wellness, Meditation

Book Review: Fulfilled

How the Science of Spirituality Can Help You Live a Happier, More Meaningful Life

Another Reason to Snuggle

Is cuddling going to regulate your gut bacteria? New research suggests yes.

Strengthen Your Bond in Nature
Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley. —Theodore Roethke For many of us, overwhelming stress sends us straight into the arms of Mother N…
12 Affirmations for Peace and Calm

Use these affirmations to find a moment of serenity.

A Practice to Heal Prejudice

How loving-kindness meditation taps the roots of empathy

Ignite Your Inner Fire: 25 Inspiring Intentions
Life is a miraculous gift. Yet, as many of us move through time, we seem to have forgotten.We’ve grown weary, disconnected, distracted or detached. We’ve lost our connection with o…
Digestive Health and the Earth Element

Support the immune and digestive systems by balancing the Earth element and nourishing the spleen.

Forest Bathing
“But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest, and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.” —Alan Watts Ha…
Moving Towards Joy

Kelly McGonigal says to use the latest research on movement to bring more delight into your life.

Talking With People Who Trigger Your Issues
I met a supermodel last week.Daisy Lowe, whose archangelic statuesquity graces Vogue and other fashion hotspots, appears in a stunning set of images recently commissioned by the Gr…
5 Things the Irritating Peloton Ad May Have Gotten Right

Could the Peloton bike ad be sort of okay when viewed through a different lens?

Book Review: The XX Brain

The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women to Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

How Do I Find The One?
Around Valentine’s Day, a lot of people are thinking about love—whether they want to be or not. A set of particularly anxious questions can arise: How do I find the One? How do I k…
5 Lessons For Living Your Best Life From a Philosophical Theologian

Paul Tillich is one of the greatest philosophical theologians you’ve probably never heard of.

Inside the Sept/Oct 2018 Issue

Take a look inside our latest issue.

Book Review: Clearing Emotional Clutter
Clearing Emotional ClutterMindfulness Practices for Letting Go of What’s Blocking Your Fulfillment and Transformationby Donald AltmanNew World LibraryYou couldn’t swing a book bag …
Film Review: Chasing the Present
Chasing the PresentDirected by Mark Waters 1091 FILMS HAVING STRUGGLED WITH addiction, loss, and a lifetime of crippling anxiety attacks, James Sebastiano decided to travel the …
15 Affirmations for When Things Don’t Go As Expected

When your expectations are dashed, try these affirmations.

15 Creative Ways to Spend the Week
Creativity is powerful for all of us. We can channel our pain into penning a poem, singing a song or moving our bodies. We can channel our joy into making a nourishing meal. We can…
The Healing Power of Breath
by Richard P. Brown and Patricia L. GerbargRichard P. Brown  and Patricia L. Gerbarg, both MDs and teaching psychiatrists, weave contemporary science together with ancient wis…
Letting Go When You’re Holding On

How can you support yourself to let go?

Book Review: Brain Wash

Austin and David Perlmutter's new book provides science-based practical lifestyle interventions for detoxing the brain to help foster clearer thinking, deeper relationships, and healthier habits.

Music Review: Note to Self
Owing largely to the traces of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nina Simone in her voice, Jamaican singer and yogi Jah9’s style has been called jazz on dub, but the music on he…
Film Review: Shelter
ShelterDirected by Paul BettanyScreen Media FilmsIn this gritty, nerve-wracking look at life on the streets of New York City, Anthony Mackie plays Tahir, a homeless African immigra…
Design Therapy

Does your décor reveal your secret anxieties? Never fear—holistic design expert Laura Benko is here.

Just Don't Do It
Do you do certain things only because of fear and anxiety? Give yourself permission to stop.A feel-good moment in countless fairy tales, songs, advertising jingles, children's film…
Trauma is an Integrative Experience that Requires Integrative Healing

Trauma affects all the systems of the body, mind, soul and spirit; its treatment must go beyond talk centered therapies.

Is Your Mantra Organic?

20 things you’ll want to know about classic meditation mantras.

Talk to Us: September/October 2018
Help for Depression I read with great interest the article titled “Zoloft & the Sacred.” As a nurse practitioner working in psychiatry, my day is filled with patients seeking help…
Healing for the Gut

Julie Peters describes her experience with SIBO and her long journey back to health.

Emotional Hygiene

An Interview with Daniel Goleman

Mindfulness Therapy Kicked My Autoimmune Disease to the Curb

How I turned my life around by changing my way of thinking.

The Best Position for Sleep and 7 Reasons to Find Yours

Try these tips for getting comfortable in your favorite sleeping position.

An Energetic Digestive Cleanse

Repressed emotional energy will eventually lead to serious illness and disease. It's time for a cleanse.

Yoga Boosts Brain Health

Yoga expands your mind. ... Literally, it turns out. A regular yoga practice makes key brain areas larger and healthier.

Podcast: Kelly McGonigal

Rabbi Rami speaks with our January/February cover subject, Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.

Enjoy Yourself, Even Now

It's okay to find the silver lining and enjoy yourself, even now.

16 Affirmations For Mindful Eating

Here are some affirmations to guide you on the path to mindful eating.

CBD Oil for Insomnia

Can CBD oil help you get some much-needed sleep?

Podcast: Author Sarah Wilson on Reclaiming Your One Wild and Precious Life

Individualism and capitalism are simply not working. Author Sarah Wilson talks about the challenges we face as humans, such as climate change and racial injustice, and proposes healthier systems to heal a fractured world.

3 Wise Men, 3 Wise Gift-Giving Tips

Deliver delight this year. Look to the Magi to inspire new gift-giving practices this holiday season.

Our Top 10 Apps for Health & Wellness

Pull out your smartphone and get ready to download these healthy tools.

7 Myths of Self-Care and the Truth of Building Resilience

Self-care is not a luxury. In order to build resilience, putting yourself first is critical. Here are seven of the self-care roadblocks we erect and how to break through them to find love and compassion for ourselves.

Inside the May/June 2018 Issue

Spirituality & Health's May/June 2018 issue is now available.

Understanding Your Cravings
Dieting mythologies have taught us that cravings are our enemies. We are told to ignore the plaintive cries of our evil bodies as they try to trick us into feeding them!Cravings ar…
Liquid Mind X: Meditation
Chuck WildReal MusicChuck Wild’s music career has been a wild ride. Back in the 1980s, he played keyboards for the new wave rockers Missing Persons and later produced music for the…
Reharmonizing the Body’s Built-In Energy Network

Marma Treatments at an Ayurvedic Retreat Center

Ancient Art of Incense
If you don’t already use it daily, you may associate incense with your college years—the familiar smell and smoke in dorm rooms masking, well, other familiar smells associate…
Mindful Scrolling

How to create social media boundaries to stay connected without getting sucked in.

The Alchemy of the Heart: Witnessing Grief

When we allow pain in fully (and then release it fully), the heart can transform pain into gold.

Is Brain Training Worth the Time?

Cognitive training protects against declines in mental abilities as we age.

How (and Why) to Feel a Feeling

“The problem isn’t the depth of sadness or anger that we feel. The problem is our resistance to them.”

Book Review: Capture
Capture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental SufferingBy David A. Kessler, MDHarperWaveWho hasn’t wished they could control the anger, grief, and anxiety that lead to actions tha…
The Practicing Mind
By Thomas M. SternerThomas Sterner is an accomplished musician who, as a child, practiced his instruments without much enjoyment. Though he became proficient, it wasn’t until he wa…
How Do You Want to Die?

Sponsored Content from The New York Open Center

Aging: Blame Your Neighborhood
Fight the aging process with blueberries. Or retinols. A lot of Pilates, and laughter and good sex. But if you live in the wrong neighborhood, you’ll still grow older more quickly …
Get Zen Fast: Reflexology You Can Do From Your Desk

Focus, revive, and energize yourself from your midday slump with these seven reflexology points.

How a Neighborhood Can Promote Happiness

What surrounds your home is important to wellbeing.

The 3 Ways People Manage Emotions

Strategies tend to fall within set groupings. Which one do you use?

5 Questions for Emeran Mayer
1. As the science is emerging on the mind-gut connection, what do you believe is the most significant discovery?The most important realization is to view the mind-brain-gut microbi…
Calm Down: 3 Ways to Activate Your Vagus Nerve

Your vagus nerve is your body's information highway. It helps your brain and body communicate, playing an important role in how you feel.

Adaptogen Smoothies Want to Help De-Stress Your Day

“As we all currently navigate this global pandemic, it’s paramount that we nourish our bodies with food and drink that work to reduce our stress and enhance our immunity.”

Why People Don’t Meditate ... Even If They Want To

Why is it so hard to jumpstart a meditation practice even when you really want to? There are generally two reasons why people don’t meditate.

Animal Dreamzzz
Kristen RaceAnyone who has ever suffered a bout of insomnia knows how frustrating it is to try to fall asleep when your mind is not ready; this is true not just for adults but also…
Got Gut Problems?

IBS? Leaky gut? CBD products can help with many digestive ailments.

Recovering Joy

How a retreat leads to increasingly positive thoughts

Portals not Problem Solvers

As caregivers, we need to be more than problem solvers. We need to be portals to a larger possibility.

The Role of Reiki in a Healing Crisis

Reiki is a subtle yet powerful form of energy medicine. It can resolve a healing crisis—or may even bring one on.

A Lifeboat for the Caregiver

Taking care of a loved one with dementia can be a grueling task, but meditation and support can lighten the load.

Book Review: Water in Plain Sight
Water in Plain SightHope for a Thirsty WorldBy Judith D. SchwartzSt. Martin’s PressFollowing environmental news is mostly an exercise in confronting anxiety, helplessness, and desp…
Somatofulness: Return to an Awakened Body

“Somatofulness connects us directly to the earth and nature, thus preserving them both.”

Imagine Yourself Happy

Imagery training can boost everyday wellbeing, a new study shows.

5 Questions for Emma Seppälä
Researcher (and new S&H columnist) Emma Seppala, unpacks the latest studies on happiness and offers a new way forward in her new book The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Scie…
Suspending Judgment: Losing Control to Be in Control

How to use mindfulness to let go of preconceived notions.

Mindfulness: More Rigor, Less Hype

A panel of experts calls for more consistent scientific examination of mindfulness.

7 Wellness Trends for 2021

Frog venom, really? Well, here are some of the health and wellness trends that should be on your radar for 2021.

The Birth Order Myth, Debunked
I always thought that birth order equals destiny. I’m the older of two children, and I’m driven, ambitious and uptight. My younger brother? The classic second child: mellow, change…
100+ Books We Love

Dive in to our special section on 100+ books we love.

Nectar of Love: Rose, Saffron, Lime Coconut Cream

A love tonic dessert for love day.

Hypnosis House Call
Hypnosis House Call: A Complete Course in Mind-Body Healingby Steven GurgevichScience is revealing the astounding powers of the human brain to reorganize itself according to the st…
The Happiness Track: Is Mindfulness a Racket?

Is mindfulness really the panacea for today's stress?

Simple Cures for Loneliness
The most recent US data studied by John Cacioppo, a social neuroscientist at the University of Chicago, found that almost a quarter of people today are plagued by frequent loneline…
Pitch, Pace, and Pause
As some of you already know, I am a spoken word poet, which means, generally speaking, that I talk about my feelings in front of half-drunk audiences on Monday nights at a neighbor…
3 Herbal Cures for Thanksgiving Troubles

Natural ways to deal with anything this big holiday dishes up.

6 Ways to Stop Arguing and Start Listening

Explore ways to lay down the swords and work on our listening skills when faced with a potential argument.

5 Questions for Cheryl Richardson
Best-selling author Cheryl Richardson delves into midlife challenges and experiments with journal writing in her long-awaited return, Waking Up in Winter: In Search of What Really …
3 Techniques to Inspire Your Sex Life

Sex therapists and coaches share the innovative approaches they use to inspire greater intimacy

Writing Oneself Out of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a debilitating mix of pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and depression that is resistant to treatment. Part of the difficulty in treating the millions of Amer…
Support a Healthy Gut With CBD

CBD can help ease the pain and trouble that comes with an inflamed gut, whether it’s IBS, leaky gut, or some other problem.

5 Meditations for Navigating Negative, Anxious Thoughts
Navigating negative, anxious thoughts is hard. It’s hard when your mind ruminates on rigid thoughts: I should do things quickly. I should be more productive. I should never say thi…
When You Finally Go on a Retreat ...

What to keep in mind—and what to steer clear of when deciding on a retreat.

5 Ways to Listen from the Heart

The secrets to supporting a stressed-out partner.

Dream Catchers

Forget the book club—make your next gathering about your dreams.

How Breathing Helped Me to Heal

Through my stillness in asana class and in meditation, I learned that breathing slowly unleashed my inner poetry.

3 Essential Oils to Relieve Eczema (Plus DIY Cream)

Clinical aromatherapist Dorene Petersen recommends her favorite essential oils to help soothe the itchy nightmare of eczema. Also included is a recipe for a luscious homemade cream to soothe painful dryness.

The Art of Receiving
There’s an origin story that many yogis have: there was a first moment, a realization, a falling in love, a desire to shout from the rooftops: “Yoga saved me!”. For me and many oth…
Green Tea Instantly Boosts Working Memory
Do you need an extra surge of brain power for a big test or a difficult project? You might want to consider switching out your coffee for green tea as new research has shown that t…
Five Kinds Of Breaths Everyone Should Take
Breath is life—something we take for granted, but couldn’t do without. In times of stress or grief, often we hear advice to “take a deep breath.” But sometimes deep breathing becom…
Book Review: The Path of Modern Yoga
Through the stories of eleven key figures, ranging from Indian yogis to an American-born journalist, author Elliott Goldberg engagingly recounts the path of modern yoga. The approa…
Are “Mental Dragons” Breathing Fire on Your Emotional Brain?

“When I teach my patients how to identify their inner dragons, they start to recognize what’s fueling their fears, emotional pain, and unhealthy behaviors.”

Mindfulness, Itchy Eyes, and Protecting Yourself From COVID-19

In the age of COVID-19, mindfulness is a way to stay safe.

The Crazy Way Complaining Alters Your Brain
I’m sitting at my favorite local diner on a warm and sunny Saturday in February, with my boyfriend across from me—so many things to be grateful for. Only, I’m starving. One-by-one,…
Left-Handed Mental-Health Treatment

When being a southpaw matters, medically.

Why We’re So Emotional When We’re Tired

A new study has identified exactly why we get so emotional when we have been burning the candle at both ends.

10 Ways to Avoid Drama Burnout

Find ways to take a break from overwhelming situations.

Fight Depression With Fish
Depression is a leading cause of poor health, affecting an estimated 350 million people worldwide. In the U.S., nearly 7 percent of the population has had at least one major depres…
Training Your Brain with Tea

To improve brain health, look no further than a cup of tea.

Tai Chi Battles Depression

Three months of practicing the Chinese martial art of tai chi led to significantly reduced symptoms of depression in Chinese-Americans.

Conquering Autoimmune Disorders

Two alternative approaches offer hope to those suffering from chronic pain.

Treating Phobias with Imagination

The power of our minds can help us overcome fears.

When "Just Breathe" Isn't Enough: Practices for Deep Breathing
Breathing is, indeed, good for you. It’s been shown that breathing into the belly helps encourage a relaxed state in your body, nourishes your organs, calms the nervous system, and…
Deciphering the Signs of Your Intuition

Understanding the difference between genuine intuition and a bout of paranoia.

Can a Hug a Day Keep the Doctor Away?
It’s cold and flu season again — make sure you get plenty of sleep, take some extra vitamin C and … hug each other a little more. Yes, that’s right. A new study reveal…
Finally Stop Ruminating

You can't control what you think, but you can control how you respond to what you think.

Clink, Rustle, Clack, Swoosh: The Basics and Benefits of ASMR

ASMR calms and engages with materials that clink, rustle, clack, swoosh, brush, smoosh, and slurp.

A Good Night’s Sleep

Is anything better than waking up refreshed? Are you unable to answer that question because you don’t remember what waking up refreshed feels like? We can relate. Read on if you or anyone you love needs tips on how to get a good night's sleep.

8 Ways to Start Your Day With Intention
Beep. Beep. Beep. Grab coffee. Dash out door. Adrenaline blaring, mind already awhirl, we launch ourselves out like cannonballs—scattershot, hurling, into the world. Now, is that a…
Fall Seven Times, Stand Up Taller

Two important new books on a revolution in thinking about resilience

Struggling with Food Cravings? Mindfulness Can Help
Do you struggle with intense food cravings? If so, you understand that powerless feeling—when the craving takes control and you begin to feel like a passenger in Mr. Toad’s W…
How Pets Alleviate Touch Deprivation

Time to adopt a furry friend? Your four-legged friend’s company helps relieve touch deprivation and feelings of isolation.

Science & Spirit: Sleeping, Dogs, Uncertainty

This week, learn why adopting a dog is a lot like dating; how to deal with uncertainty; and sneaky ways to reset your body clock. Want to know more? Read on.

How to Practice Self-compassion

The secret to empowered action is learning not to beat yourself up.

Talk Therapy Changes the Brain

Cognitive behavior therapy literally changes connections in the brain.

Reclaim Your Emotional Freedom With Tapping Therapy

Isn’t it time to break out of your bondage? Tapping Therapy allows you to quite literally tap into your critical issues and resolve them through a series of body tapping gestures.

Your Circadian Rhythm in Quarantine

Quarantine is causing abrupt changes in our body time clocks that may hinder digestion, immune system function, energy, and mood. Here’s how to create a healthy schedule.

Making the Most of Exercise
Thinking about how good exercise is for you before your morning walk can actually make that morning walk better for you.Each of us comes to fitness with our own ideas about it. May…
Making the Most of Exercise
Thinking about how good exercise is for you before your morning walk can actually make that morning walk better for you.Each of us comes to fitness with our own ideas about it. May…
The Science Of Touch

Scientists now know the mechanism behind the sensation of touch.

Can Ballet Teach Wisdom?

A new study suggests that classical ballet might lead to increased wisdom in much the same way as meditation does.

Fall Sick Mindfully

Observe the experience of your depression and learn it's language

What My Puppy Teaches Me

Puppies can teach us a lot about how to respond to frustrating and difficult situations in positive and productive ways.

At the Heart of Happiness

An excerpt from The Dalai Lama’s Big Book of Happiness

The Power of Slow Living in a Fast-Paced World

“When we live with purpose, when we slow down and take stock of what is really important to us, voluntarily letting go of what isn’t, we begin to live more truthfully, on our own terms.”

A Morning Practice to Find Your Purpose

This sweet morning practice will help you align with your purpose.

Does Spontaneous Crying Mean I’m an Empath?

Does it ever seem like you’re crying for no reason? Does watching a sad movie cause you to break into spontaneous crying? You may be an empath.

Do You Suffer from Secondhand Stress?
Do you cringe when you see someone get yelled at, hurt, or embarrassed? Do you tend to soak up others’ emotions—especially the feelings of those close to you? A new study has…
Letting Go of the Fear of Death

An excerpt from Grateful Exit: How to Advocate Effectively, Take Care of Yourself, and Be Present for the Death of a Loved One.

Science & Spirit: An Easy Way to Feel Better, Memory Science, and the NCP

This week, find out how to boost your mood in only 12 minutes and read about a way that people are healing our deep divides.

How to Tap into Your Light When the World Feels Dark
As we move away from thinking of positive emotions as a hedonistic escape plan, we begin to understand the immense power that they have to transform our human experience and to gal…
Prayer is Good Medicine

From the archive: Selected stories from the past 20 years.

The body benefits from spiritual practice.

What’s a Change Club?

Take a look at the concept of a Change Club. It might inspire you to start your own.

The Case for Yogic Breathing
The mind has a terrible time telling itself what to do. Fortunately, science is catching up with yogic breathing wisdom.Since the time of Descartes (“I think, therefore I am”), mod…
Finding Balance for Fertility

Holistic nutritionist Nicole Granato overcame polycystic ovary syndrome without drugs. She shares her story, and tips for other women.

Unlocking the Spice Secrets of Temple Priests and Monks
The Jerusalem Post recently did a story on Tel Aviv University professor Michael Ovadia, a research specialist who normally focuses on the medicinal properties of snake venom. Seem…
Healing with Reiki in Hospitals

The healing art of reiki is finding a surprising new home—high-tech Western hospitals.

Befriending the Vagus Nerve

Explore the most accessible ways to achieve natural vagus nerve stimulation.

6 Tips to Support Change With Color Therapy

Colors have frequencies that influence mood, impact our energy field, and support us in developing different aspects of ourselves.

Self-Compassion: How to Value Yourself
The secret to empowered action is learning not to beat yourself up Strive for more, work even harder, aim to be the best! We live in a society that regularly sends us such message…
Training Our Mind for Endurance

Mental training can help us get through horrible physical experiences—even childbirth!

Learning How to Love Your Body

Journaling can transform not only my physical health, but also emotional and spiritual health.

The Yoga of Critical Thinking
I was talking recently with a fellow yoga teacher about a student who takes three to four classes every day. He was a little worried about the effect that might be having on her bo…
Recipes for Good Health

Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Ready to take the ancient Greek physician’s advice? These five new cookbooks will help.

8 Essential Oils for Yoga

The use of essential oils for yoga can assist in setting intentions for your practice and further connecting mind and body. Learn which oils are best for your needs.

10 Keys to a Happier Life­­
What are the daily habits of truly happy people? And how can we incorporate these habits into our daily lives? Action for Happiness—a movement dedicated to helping people ex…
Aware and Asleep

Take a dive into the lucid dream world and explore advice for new dreamers.

Here’s Why CBD-Infused Face Serum Is 2019’s Most Exciting Beauty Trend

If you haven’t heard of CBD yet, get ready for it to be one of the biggest health and wellness trends of 2019.

Finding Refuge

Gratitude for the sisterhood at a Tibetan Buddhist Nunnery

Reconnecting and Recommitting to Mother Earth

The courage and strength to take a stand for our planet can be found through reconnecting with the energy and ease of Mother Earth.

Lemony Ginger Winter Immune Tonic

This simple recipe is a formula to kindle the inner fires, promote healthy circulation, and hydrate the tissues.

Intensive Mindfulness for Depression
What’s been on your mind lately? If you’re like most of us, a lot of your time is spent pondering things that are rooted in the past or the future: the dentist appointment in a few…
5 Work-Life Mistakes Everyone is Making

Here are five mistakes people make when it comes to setting work-life boundaries, and how to fix them.

Helping Kids to Connect Body, Breath, and Mind
Peeking in on children’s yoga classes, I watch kids doing poses such as tree, snake, butterfly, or lion, while the instructor tells a story about the various ways these creatures b…
COVID-19: Resources to Help You Stabilize

There is so much happening in the world right now that we have no control over. Here are some resources to help you reconnect to your heart and find stability.

The Magical Potential of Doors

Bring attention to the doors of your life and you might discover the magic they hold.

Toolbox: Creating Calm

In our fast-paced and turbulent world, it can be difficult to find space for peace, both emotionally and physically. These tools, designed to create calm in the mind, body, and environment, will help to remind you to make you a priority.

Blossoming After Dark

Create a twilight garden for a tranquil, outdoor meditative space.

What’s Hiding in Your Hips?

Yoga teachers often refer to the pelvis as “the junk drawer of emotions.” To let go of past emotional states, you have to let the hips get unstuck.

Vulnerability: A Practice for Receiving Support

Asking for help and receiving support is part of taking care of yourself. Don’t have shame!

Finding Spiritual Strength in Severe Illness
“Some people awaken spiritually without ever coming into contact with any meditation technique or any spiritual teaching. They may awaken simply because they can’t stand the suffer…
7 Reasons to Go Booze-Free For a Week

Seven inspiring reasons to take a break from alcohol—one for each day of the week of abstinence.

Intimacy and Sex in Isolation

Sure. Pandemic doesn’t scream sexy—but you can still ignite the spark.

"Benedictus: The Story of Sister Anne"
SPONSORED CONTENTBenedictus: The Story of Sister Anne is a love story of both divine and human dimensions. The story of the nun is also the story of Joseph, her psychologist. It wa…
5-Day Ayurveda Primer (Day Two)

Natural Healing Wisdom from the Chopra Center

Dispelling Fear

"A woman in her 40s was seated on a bench at the park entrance. She was weeping. I asked her if I could help. She replied that although she was healthy, she was scared."

5 Ways to Deal With Difficult People

Feeling like you might throttle someone? Try these tactics instead.

Let’s Be Clear: 3 Tips for an Effective Daily Energy Clearing Practice

Managing our energy is an important part of our overall health, and a good energy practice is more than burning sage every once in a while.

How Spirituality Affects the Physical, Mental and Social Well-being of People Going through Cancer

Spirituality and religiousness play a key role in the health and well-being of cancer patients.

Guided Meditation: Three-Step Reboot

Excerpted from Siddhartha’s Brain by James Kingsland

Finding Calm in the Chaos
There is a population of people where anger is an accepted, indeed expected, emotion. The emotions of fear and sadness however, are not. In this culture, violence and addiction are…
Are Nanoparticles in Sunscreen Safe?

Nano-Nano: Will someone please tell us if sunscreen is safe?

7 Stories to Inspire Getting Outdoors
Spring is here! It’s time to come out of hibernation and step into the great outdoors. Not that we need any convincing, but for years, scientists have been claiming the importance …
The Labyrinth as a Walking Meditation

Meditation can be frustrating, with physical discomfort and constant, intrusive thoughts. Walking a labyrinth can be a wonderful walking meditation.

How to Eat for Healthy Gene Expression

How the expression of our genes and the makeup of our micro biome are both fundamentally connected to the foods we choose to eat.

Yoga for Sore Feet

Sore, achy feet affect your mood, not to mention cause pain to radiate to other areas of the body. Find relief for your feet by practicing yoga for sore feet.

5 Tips if You Feel "Behind" in Life

When you feel like you’re falling behind in life, here are five things to refocus your attitude and get back on track.

10 Quick Journaling Power Prompts to Calm Your Mind

“Once your worries take over, it’s difficult to get back on track. ... When you face moments like these, turn to journaling to recenter yourself, assuage your fears, and calm your mind.”

A Simple Act to Create a Buffer from Stress

Cultivating positive emotions is a powerful way to build mental and emotional resilience and create a buffer from the chronic stressors in our lives.

The Impermanence of Emotions

"The truth is, we all go through cycles of emotions and eventually return to neutral. We then remain in a neutral state of equilibrium until some stimulus acts on us again, and then we feel an emotion until it too fades away and we return to neutral again."

Self-Compassion: Why We Sometimes Feel Worse Before We Feel Better

“Self-compassion takes strength, courage, and faith. Trust the process, and allow yourself to slowly let in more self-compassion, more kindness, a few degrees at a time.”

The Beautiful Sound of Relaxation and Energy

A didgeridoo concert reveals the instrument’s powers to reduce stress, blood pressure, and pain and promote an intense feeling of peace and wellbeing.

The Ultimate De-Stressing Daily Routine

Put this anti-stress routine on your to-do list for a more zen approach to daily life.

Putting the ‘Om’ in Classroom
San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley Middle School is an unlikely beacon of hope. Shootings and murders are common enough in the California city’s southern neighborhoods that the loca…
The Building Blocks of Calm
I remember my mother saying, “It’s a sin to worry.” When pressed to explain what she meant, she would often respond, “It’s all in God’s hands.” I think my mother used these sayings…
Keeping Healthy Boundaries
You may be familiar with the psychological term “boundaries,” but what does it mean and how does it apply to you?Put plainly, boundaries are the line between where I end and you be…
Growing Hope

Hope may be the most important feeling we can have. Here’s how to cultivate it.

Is My Job Absolutely Wrong for Me?

5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Waking Up Gently to Save the World
It’s exciting to see sleep getting some well-deserved publicity lately for the important role it plays in overall life balance, physical, emotional and spiritual. From Fortune 500 …
Crucial Practice: The Mindful Diaper Change
Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and the co-director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Becoming…
The Power of the “And Principle”: A Lesson in Tantra
This year, I’ve been deepening my research into Tantric yoga philosophy while also taking courses on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (or CBT), which is a modern psychological practic…
The Chakras for Emotional Clarity
In emotionally confusing situations, our first urge is to try to understand. We use our logical brains to try to figure out things like grief, pain, and (strangest of all) other pe…
5 Reasons Not to Meditate
I’ll be honest: I’ve never liked meditating. I’ve dabbled in it, and forced myself to sit for 30 day meditation challenges, and it was boring and hard. Plus life is so busy: Five m…
Self-Regulation Skills in a Crisis: Four Tools to Calm Down Now

Self-care staples include eating well, sleeping well, and connecting with friends and loved ones. Now is the time to double-down on these basic practices—and to make sure you're not spiraling into a black hole of stress.

Banishing the Binge

“A new study published this spring in the Journal of Eating Disorders took it one step further, recommending that binge eating be tackled as a public health issue, similar to the way seatbelt campaigns, water fluoridation and anti-smoking programs were successfully implemented to improve the wellbeing of the whole population.”

Your Nervous System Is at War—How to Negotiate Peace

Your nervous system has a sweet spot. Reach the optimal state of calm arousal and call a cease-fire on the war within you.

Eye Gazing: See Your Soul Shine

Excerpts from Yoga Beyond the Mat by Alanna Kaivalya

Parenting As Sacred Activism
A conversation with a friend and fellow activist inspired me to offer some special love and appreciation to all of you parents out there this week. My friend, a longtime mover and …
Happily Eating After...

The best foods for life’s challenging healing moments.

3 Super Relaxing Yoga Poses for Detoxification

Have a holiday hangover? Try these yoga poses to help detox and rebalance your body.

Reclaim Your Body
The yoga that we practice here in North America has a fascinating and complex history and lineage. There are influences from different branches of Hindu religion, Buddhist philosop…
Turn Everything Into a Self-Esteem Game-Changer
Low self-esteem is hard to lift. Unlike high self-esteem, which is primed to respond rapidly to even slight praise—You love my new haircut? Me too!—low self-esteem is notoriously s…
Notice Prayer When It Happens

In this week’s The Soul of Therapy, psychologist Kevin Anderson, PhD, stresses that prayer is simply recognizing when joy, gratitude, compassion, or awe happen.

How to Give to Others Without Burning Out

Research suggests that self-care can reduce stress and exhaustion—if we know how to practice it.

From the Editor: May/June 2018

A note from our editor in chief, Stephen Kiesling.

Breaking Your Addiction to Thinking
Thinking is obviously an important tool. Humans have the powerful ability to think about the past and the future, make narratives about our lives that help us navigate new situatio…
Shop Courageously: Learning to Trust Your Judgement
Find your strengths and feel worthy of that next big purchase.We were deciding where to hang some paintings."Over the sofa," I suggested. "Oh, but then we'd have to hammer nails in…
Paradise in a Pill?
On a bleak winter night in the suburbs, eight Tibetan monks wearing sandals and maroon robes shuffled out across the ecru-colored stage of the local recital hall. They paused for a…
The Power of Your Mistakes
We are living in a time of more choice than ever before. Not only can we order pretty much anything online, we are free to marry whoever we want whenever we choose, we can pursue w…
The Benefits of Taking the Plunge: Cold Water Swimming

Cold-water swimming might sound unpleasant, but research suggests regular dips in cold water can improve health and longevity.

Has Low Self-Esteem Made You Forget How to Have Fun?
One night two weeks ago, while watching a Nebraska-based trance band, I suddenly remembered how to have fun.It happened effortlessly—as shake-out-your-sleeves-and-collapse-on-the-h…
Managing Anger in Isolation

Your quarantine partner just aggravated you again. You’re angry—or are you? Reflection may reveal something else.

Healing Touch—Stat!

Dr. Mark Rosenberg brings holistic medicine to the ER.

On Meditating Badly
Every morning, I meditate. Badly. I know meditation is good for me. Meditation can help with anxiety, stress, insomnia, self-esteem and a whole host of other things. There are a m…
From the Editor

"We’re celebrating 20 years of S&H, and I find myself sorting through old stories, trying to make sense of things. What’s real? What matters? What did I miss?"

Can We Give and Get Gifts Without Hating Ourselves (or Anyone Else)?
My mother's birthday was last week. Because she's left ths world, I couldn't send her a gift.This was a bittersweet relief.Opening gifts almost always made Mom cry—not with joy, bu…
Tiny Traumas Are Traumatic Too
I hadn't seen Tracey in over a year. And I was wrangling, that morning, with the latest in a long series of anxiety attacks, which made me not want to see anyone.But cancelling our…
Yoga for Releasing Anger
Anger: we all know it, many of us well. But at a yoga party, it would be gauche to bring up the raging intensity sitting in your gut. We’re all focusing on the positive here, right…
Getting What You Want Might Not Destroy Western Civilization
Boarding the Azamara Quest in Barcelona, about to start a week-long Riviera cruise, I felt joy and two types of anxiety. One was luxuryphobia. The other was mortal fear.Surely, I t…
Removing the Veils: Seeing Ourselves in the New Light of Forced Change

“I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way to feel about being in isolation or quarantine in this unprecedented situation. ... We are being stripped—like Inanna in the underworld—and we are being offered the gift of hard-won wisdom.”

Foreboding Joy
“The best thing about yoga,” a teacher of mine used to say, “is that it makes you more sensitive. The worst thing about yoga is that it makes you more sensitive.” We sometimes get …
The Discussion: Seeking Connection

This month's discussion column addresses a reader who questions: How can I nourish my spiritual side when living in a rural area—where connections are harder to find?

One Simple Trick to Make Life Easier
I don’t always make New Year’s resolutions—I find the darkest coldest months a pretty difficult time to start new things. This year, however, I did make one that not only helped me…
Recovering from Trauma? Listen to What Your Body's Trying to Tell You
The massage therapist slid her hand under my sacrum, and waited. I wasn’t sure what this was supposed to feel like and apparently nothing was happening.“What do you feel?” she aske…
Health Expert Patricia Bragg on the Miracle of Fasting

Renowned health expert Patricia Bragg, shown with her co-author Julia Loggins, has long practiced fasting and knows it is a key to a healthy immune system.

Does it Matter if You're an Alcoholic?

If you are questioning your relationship with alcohol, could that make you one of the lucky ones?

Clairsentience and Compassion

A 3-step approach to cultivating compassion and overcoming empathic sensitivity.

Bringing Food: Making a Gift of Comfort More Meaningful
By Michelle Smith When we hear of a death in our family or community we feel a powerful urge to offer comfort—and so, we bring food. In almost any culture bringing food to t…
Why Commit? And How?
Once upon a time, people spent their whole lives in one career until they retired. In this world, marriage was a given: it happened early and it was lifelong. Commitment was easy: …
Let the Spirit Move You

Listening to music may be the ultimate mood enhancer. For an extra kick, sing along and even dance.

Float Tank Into Happiness

Submerge yourself into complete bliss.

Does Your Personality Predict Your Happiness?

According to a new study, the relationship between happiness and personality is more complex than we thought.

Using Technology So It Doesn’t Use You

Take these two actions to set boundaries around your phone and social media.

Snuggling Up to Our Obstacles

"We need to understand our fears and vulnerabilities, not so we can blast through what stands in our way, but so we can figure out how to support ourselves to manage whatever it is we fear."

Luxury Therapy

Photo credit: Kristan Lawson

5 Questions to Help Decode Your Chronic Back Pain

That chronic back pain is a message from your body. Are you listening? These 5 questions will help you gain insight.

The Making of a Peacemaker

In his new book Walking Through Anger, Christian Conte describes a clear and simple path to inner and outer-peace using what he calls Yield Theory. Proven in prisons, this practice works—if you choose to live it.

How Unprecedented Times Can Impact Spiritual Health and Spirit Attachment

Keep yourself in the right mindset to avoid being vulnerable to Spirit Attachment during these uncertain times.

14 Strategies for Sleeping Better

Can't remember the last time you had a good night's sleep? It's time to take a more strategic approach to sleeping better.

Try This Mantra: So What? So Hum.

Learning the stress-relieving Sudarshan Kriya from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

A Boy, His Dog, and Their Heart-to-Heart Connection

Energy from one heart can make a real connection with another…and spread love in surprising ways.

How to Get Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

Sponsored Content from 1440 Multiversity

Stop Reacting! Respond Instead

Evolve your volcano of reactive emotions, moving instead into an authentic and appropriate response.

The Brain Benefits of Dreaming

What happens to our brain when we sleep?

My Recovery from Nighttime Bingeing

Pretty much every night, for 46 years, I woke up in a semihypnotic state and ravaged for food…

91-Year-Old Meditation Master Ruth Denison

In the California desert, a vipassana pioneer prepares for the next stage of her remarkable life.

“Moon River,” JT, and Me

Simple joys help us flow back to the best things in life. “Never have I so sensed in my patients and myself the necessity of cultivating awareness of simple joys.”

3 Simple Steps to Optimal Health

By re-training the muscles of your body and recovering the levels of oxygen your body requires, you’ll notice profound physiological and psychological changes.

5 Tips for Better Self-Talk

Become your own source of calm and encouragement

Caffeine: Habit or Hooked?

Do you have an innocent coffee habit—or an addiction?

Blackout Poetry: Creation Through Reduction

Can’t bear to put pen to paper? Start with a page that’s full of words instead of one that’s devoid of them.

Yoga in Your Pocket
Yoga is a good thing to have in your pocket.I’m writing this from the hotel restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, where I’ve spent the past week at the National Poetry Slam comp…
Yoga as Medicine
The other night, my partner got a migraine. He was writhing in bed, ibuprofen scattered around the room, ice packs and hot water bottles strewn everywhere. I did what I do best in…
The Power of Breath to Calm

When life goes sideways on you, it's helpful to remember that one of the most powerful tools we have to affect many layers of our health is already happening within us.

How to Tell if You Are Following Your Bliss or Chasing A Craving

The work of pleasure and desire is to be honest with ourselves.

The Empowered Empath

3 steps to get you healthy, grounded, and empowered to create a compassion revolution and save the world.

Biological Time: Slowing Down the Aging Process

Find little ways every day to slow down, even if it’s just for ten minutes a day.

5 Shelter-in-Place Habits Worth Keeping
From a safe-seeming 6 feet apart, a neighbor and I waved hello. As if on cue, we both asked: “How are you?” And, simultaneously, we both replied: “Fine.” White paper masks furre…
How Chinese Medicine Cures Colds
As modern science continues to unravel the complexity of virus behavior on a cellular level in humans, cold sufferers should be reminded that the Chinese medical system has success…
Playing with Relationship Fire
I’ve been watching a trend among some of the people I work with—they are playing with fire in their relationships. But I can’t help but wonder, can you really play with fire and no…
Reflections on Judgment
I’m too judgmental. It is a bad habit (there I go again!), one I learned from my family, where criticism far outweighed compliments. I went to a liberal arts college to learn criti…
The Benefits Of Fish Oil

When a proper balance of omega-6s to omega-3s is achieved, both your body and mind both reap a number of benefits.

Is Buddhism True?

An Interview with Robert Wright

COVID-19: Fearless Love Is Needed

“If we are going to survive as a species worthy of survival, we will have to get beyond the limits of ‘us’ verses ‘them’ and open to the truth of all of us together.”

Emotions in Motion

Dance psychologist Peter Lovatt explains why letting the rhythm move you is a brilliant way to lift your mood.

Mixed Emotions of the Holidays
As the holiday season is now in full swing, I can’t help but observe the swing of emotions—mine and that of those all around me.On one hand, there is the child-like delight of magi…
The Five Elements Quiz

Excerpt from Decorating With the Five Elements of Feng Shui

Natural Stress Relief

It is possible to live a stress-free life with completely natural methods.

8 Tricks for Controlling Holiday Binge Eating and Drinking

Avoid overeating and drinking too much this holiday season by mindfully focusing on giving yourself pleasure rather than trying to numb the pain.

Shift Your Body, Shift Your Mind
At the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we have worked for the last few years to find ways to help our veterans returning from Iraq an…
Seven Steps to a Stress-Busting Attitude
Stress affects our circulation, slows our digestive system, and even increases our blood sugar levels. Try these tips from naturopath Dr. Michael Murray to reduce stress and boost …
Being in the Presence of Change
Twice last week I bumped into friends while in the midst of busy days. These are women who I adore, but haven’t seen in much too long, each of us consumed with the busy-ness of our…
5 Steps to Clear Mental Clutter

Is it time to clean out your spiritual closet? Is your emotional sock drawer overflowing? Productivity expert Erin Rooney Doland, author of "Unclutter Your Life in One Week," offers five steps to restore order.

Teaching a Stressed System to Relax: Living in the Gaps

“The more I practice cultivating the gaps and being really present for them, the more my nervous system gets the message that I’m okay.”

Through Yoga, A Path Beyond 12 Steps

Yogi Tommy Rosen uses his practice to help others in recovery.

9 Things You Might Assume Are Your Fault, But Aren't

When blaming yourself for your own suffering becomes a core belief.

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How to Use Jin Shin Jyutsu

Jin Shin Jyutsu isn’t well-known, but the practice promises whole-body healing, either with a practitioner or at home.

The Importance of Learning to Breathe

The purpose of alternate-nostril breathing is to balance the left and right sides of the brain, and help you to relax and get centered.

CBD Resources
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What’s Bugging You?

“Creating this simple practice has been a great help to me. As I lean into it, I see where I am hooked into negative thought patterns about myself or others and recognize what I need to let go of. I also see what brings me joy.”

12 Reasons to Yawn Every Day

Is a yawn simply a silent scream for coffee or is it something more? Understand why yawning is a spiritual practice, and how you can include more of it in your daily routine.

For Better Group Therapy, Just Add Heat

How to create a "sweat therapy" sauna

And He Never Looked Back
As a baby, Matthew fell headfirst from our second story, crashed his skull through his brain and suffered a devastating traumatic brain injury. And while he became a “miracle child…
Gratitude Ritual for the New Moon

The new moon, fully inhabiting the shadow, offers a potent time for exploring gratitude for the rhythms of life.

Tea for What Ails You

How to use herbal teas to treat common health maladies and get back on the path to wellness. (An S&H classic)

Summertime, and the Sitting Is Easy…

If emptying your mind feels like work, try this.

Finding Your Sense of Self

“This truly is the time for humanity to change the course of their lives, evolve, and experience heaven on Earth.”

Helping Graduates Transition into the Real World
As the end of the school year approaches, expectations and anxiety begin to loom in equal measure. Prior to graduation, the notion that “now life really begins” fills people with g…
51 Meditations for Tending the Heart Fire

Find your flow in the new year with these “micro meditations” for renewal, connection, and inner strength.

Balance the Doshas and Build your Senses with Ayurveda

At-home treatments deliver fast results for elemental imbalance.

5 Things Narcissists Do on Holidays

​And how to respond safely.

Hitting the Reset Button When the Your Flow of Higher Energies Is Interrupted

Reset your connection to the flow of divine energies. “I began wondering about the numerous ways I lose my connection to the Ground of Being.”

Sacred Empath, Sacred Alchemist

What is a Sacred Empath? A Sacred Empath is a Light Worker, a Healer, a Way Shower and part of an army of sweet Souls who have incarnated on earth here and now to bring healing, love and light to a world in transition.

Why Do I Feel So Alone?

Loneliness can be an invitation to change

4 Energy Clearing Strategies

There are a variety of ways to approach energy clearing.

24 Hours of Tea

A tea for any time of day and anything that ails you.

The Truth About Herbal "Tea"

How do herbal teas differ from tisanes? Are they really even tea?

10 Moves to Relax and Uplift Your Body

Feeling depleted, frenzied or stiff? 10 easy moves to relax your mind and uplift your energy

Mind Hacking

The best way to achieve inner peace is to treat your brain as a computer, according to entrepreneurial coder Sir John Hargrave.

Look At Me, Look At You

One way to rewire your experience of yourself and with other people is by paying close attention to eye gaze and its importance to your relationships.

Don't Tell Me To Relax: Emotional Resilience in the Age of Rage

Meditation teacher and psychotherapist Ralph De La Rosa, author of Don't Tell Me to Relax, offers advice for living fully through difficult times.

3 Keys to Unlock the Genetic Switch of Your Stress Response
The pinging phone, back to back meetings, rush hour traffic; most of us get a little on edge when we are face to face with high stress situations. We also probably know people who …
Secrets of the Pelvic Floor

This often-neglected part of the body has a lot to say if you know how to listen.

The Joy of Thanks

Shifting into gratitude not only feels great, research shows that it is powerfully healing.

re/VIEW: Sharon Salzberg
Renowned Buddhist meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg’s first book on meditation was Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, which she penned in 1995. Since then, she ha…
Care of the Soul: The Place Beyond Seeking
I used to be a seeker, looking for answers to all sorts of questions, wondering which religious tradition was right and best, concerned about the nature of the afterlife, wishing I…
6 Ways to Stay Grounded During Uncertainty

Stay grounded (literally) through your bare foot-to-earth connection.

Seven Keys to Conscious Parenting

Mindful tips from the author of Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi

The Slippery Slope of Trust
As a society, most of us would unanimously rank trust as an important part of relationships. We want to trust that the people we live with, work with, and love, are going to do eve…
Against Intuition

Does your gut tell you not to trust your gut? Maybe you should listen.

4 Chair Stretches to Ease Neck, Shoulder, and Upper Back Pain

The repetitive movements you make every day can be a big factor in aggravating, or even causing, pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. Try these four stretches from chiropractor Dr. Amy Shevokas to find relief.

5 Questions for Tim Ringgold

A dialogue on end-of-life care

Why Worry? Find Meaning!

Happiness is for takers. Meaning is for givers. Guess who feels better?

Yoga for Constipation

Feeling stuck? Yoga can help with constipation. Get your digestion moving again with simple yoga flows.

It's OK to Envy Belle Delphine

What is your sense of purpose?

8 Ways to Help Your Kids Not Hate Themselves

Help kids build and maintain confidence, empathy, joy, and self-compassion.

The Happiness Track: Naming Your Hauntings

Quite simply, the hauntings of our mind stand between us and everything else.

Yoga and Tea
As long as I’ve been married to a yoga teacher, I’ve had trouble keeping milk in the refrigerator. Whenever she teaches, she makes her own blend of chai latte and carts it to her g…
Vote with 2020 Vision

Answer These 5 Simple Questions Before Election Day

The Nuts and Bolts of our Meditation Practice
We had 12 people last Sunday night in our local group for our regular meditation and discussion. We spent our time talking about about the nuts and bolts (yes, sometimes sitting ma…
Care of the Soul: Spiritual Disorders
Every mental health worker knows about the DSM-V, a manual for defining disorders for the health system. It’s like a dictionary in which every psychological problem imaginable has …
Rabbi Rami: How Best to Live My Dying

Roadside Assistance for the spiritual traveler.

Acceptance as a Tool for Dealing with Unpleasant Emotions

From the book Rock and Water: The Power of Thought; The Peace of Letting Go

Divinity at the Dinner Table
I recently did a 21-day sugar detox and although I expected it to be interesting, amazing and at times even harrowing, I never expected it to be the topic of a blog about spiritual…
Listen: Heal Your Pain

Your body is sending you a message—in the unfortunate language of pain.

Deep Listening

Dr. Neha Sangwan and writer and coach Jackee Holder say deep listening is the path to wellness

Healing Generations of Pain

One of the founders of Earthbound Farm ignored the present-day consequences of her family’s past. Until she needed to heal.

Overcoming Blockages and Being Stuck
Q. I sometimes feel energetically stuck or blocked when I contemplate changes I want to make, or ideas that I want to explore. Why does this happen and what can I do to get things …
Healing with Sound Frequencies: How Does It Work?

There's growing interest in using sound frequency for various ailments and to boost human health. Are healing frequencies effective? Research suggests they are.

8 Best Plants for Improving Memory & Concentration

These are nontoxic and can be taken with confidence.

10 Tiny Ways You Can Be Creative Every Day

Have 10 minutes? Here are ways to make time for creativity in your daily life.

The Bribery and Fraud Unmasks a Larger Spiritual Crisis

Every spiritual tradition has warned us that money, power, and prestige provide only transient satisfaction and the temporary elation they provide invariably fades, leaving us once again discontent and in hot pursuit of the next deluded hope for enduring fulfillment. If spiritual sources are not convincing enough, scientific studies on happiness now confirm this perennial wisdom.

Nourishing the Different Types of Intimacy in Your Relationship
When we talk about being intimate in a romantic relationship, we often equate it to sexual intimacy. But sex is just one form of intimacy. “Intimacy is a process whereby we feel t…
Walking the Divine Fido

Praying to dog? Studies have shown prayer has a positive impact on mental and physical health and healing—regardless of who or what you pray to.

Hands-On Healing

Pat Fleury teaches doctors, shamans, and regular folks the art of energy healing

10 Nighttime Routines for Peaceful Sleep

“How can you possibly start your day off bright-eyed and bushy-tailed if you don’t get a proper night’s sleep?”

Our Community Journal: The Real Life of Life Coaching

On being “an advocate, an activist for the expression of Love in all its forms . . .”

The Happiness Track: The Flow of Being
As children, we were one with each moment—crying one moment, laughing the next— always intensely present and going along with the flow of being. As a result, we had an …
Were You Raised to Be Afraid?

“I was raised to believe that being frightened meant being alive. Timeo, ergo sum. That being scared is not a frailty but a skill. That I displayed intelligence by shunning whatever displayed itself as welcoming or wild. That the scariest time-bomb in the world was me.”

How to Empty Your Head
For years now I have been telling audiences about my alternative to higher education. I call it lower education. You come to my school and on the first day we give you a Ph.D. You …
Psychic Protection

Contain your energy by setting your chakras and auric boundaries to live in autonomy and individuated awareness.

Listening: The Supreme Skill

Try this practice from The Zen of You and Me and treat listening as an intentional meditation.

3 Practices for Loving Fully in the Face of Loss

When you face inevitable loss, remember these three things.

Heightened Sensitivity

Help for the overstimulated

Your Prescription: Look at Art

“Meditation on the 16th century Isenheim Altarpiece was prescribed to the sick. ... Could art still accomplish a miracle of comfort and consolation today ... and remind people of their mortality while also mitigating fear ... and instilling hope? ... Maybe it’s time to bring this practice of the past into the present—as a way to move into the future.”

Meditation Apps: Do They Work for Us or Against Us?

"Meditation takes practice, and in the beginning, like any new skill, meditation can seem challenging."

The Tao of Chronic Pain

Suffering is Optional. Here’s how to find the teacher inside.

4 Ways to Bring Your Authentic Self to Work Every Day

Authentic people live according to four practices that you can adopt in your daily life.

34 Affirmations for Healthy Living

Try positive self-talk to eat better, feel stronger, and rejuvenate your body.

10 Ways Pets Improve Mental Health

In their emotionally connected presence, pets can be a powerful ally for optimal mental health.

Embrace Your Inner Slacker

Here are four ways to slack off for more creativity.

Breathing Through Grief to Joy

A yoga teacher trainee experiences Max Strom’s breath work

Balancing Your Life Calendar: Appointments & Disappointments

Kahlil Gibran said, “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” As we age, thinking about the relationship between joy and sorrow can help us deal with some of the heavier disappointments in life.

Shift Your Body, Change Your Mind
At the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, we have been working for the last year to find ways to help our veterans returning from Iraq a…
The Happiness Track: Creating an Inbox Meditation
Cognitive overload is a term psychologists use when referring to dealing with too much information or too many tasks. Such overload can impair our memory and decision making, and c…
Using Ayurvedic Mudras for Energy, Relaxation, and Focus

Explore the five movements of prana with simple hand gestures.

Your Auric Forcefield

Know Instant Harmony & Happiness via

The Auric Chakra Harmonization Technique

Our Walk in the World: Original Steps

The life of a community depends on how we care for the ground we stand on and how we step lightly, walking side by side.

What’s Your Doggie’s Dosha?

Canine wellness expert Amanda Ree dishes ayurvedic wisdom via dog dosha quizzes, balancing your furry friend's dosha and customizing it to meet your BFF's unique needs.

How To Meditate In Space

Why architecture influences mood, emotion, and experience.

The Art of Traveling Alone

Tips on mastering the solo journey

The Discussion: How Can I Pray Better?

And should better prayer even be a goal?

Natural Medicine: B12 Benefits, Adrenal Fatigue, pH-balanced Diet, and Optimal Juicing
I’m hearing about more and more people getting vitamin B injections, but then I read that this is appropriate only for people with a deficiency. What’s your advice? Vitamin B12 wo…
Are Dietary Supplements Really Necessary?

Most of us eat too much, and many of us eat healthy, so… Why take extra anything?

Is It Time for a Robopet?

Robo-dog? Sounds straight out of a sci-fi movie. Technology has come a long way since the 1997 release of the Tamagotchi. Still, today robopets continue to bring comfort and cure loneliness.

Recovery Trekking: A Spiritual Approach to Recovery from Addiction

"I realized at some point along my own journey that alcohol was not my problem; I was my problem, and I was unconsciously using alcohol to change my reality."

Preventing Panic: This 3-Step Process Can Calm You Down
What causes panic? Most explanations miss the mark. But the cause of panic is obvious if emotional regulation is understood. Here are some basics. When something unexpected happens…
Discover Your Blueprint for Your Passionate Purpose

Finding the path that brings you the most joy requires inner awareness.

Why Spiritual Practice is Essential in Crazy Times

Your spiritual practice is more essential now than ever before.

Be Yourself: Leave People-Pleasing to the Bee Gees
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the ways in which my work as an artist and my work as a yoga teacher are really just exactly the same.I do think of teaching yoga as a form of…
3 Spiritual Rituals for When Life Feels Out of Control

When ideas or illusions about what we can and cannot control in our lives are shattered, try these spiritual rituals to bring some light into moments of darkness.

The Happiness Track: The Life Stories We Tell for Health

Genetics play a role in our health, but we also have control in the choices we make about how we live.

Kneading Love and Loss in the Kitchen
Lily Diamond learned the sensorial magic of culinary creativity from her mother, whose life was cut tragically short. In her new book Kale and Caramel (Atria 2017), Diamond shares …
Sun Salutations: A Dance with the Breath
I wish I could speak like music.I wish I could put the swaying splendorOf the fields into wordsSo that you could hold TruthAgainst your bodyAnd dance.I am trying the best I canWith…
Resolving and Releasing Emotional Pain

How can empathic people let loose the burden of other people's emotions?

7 Reasons for Clearing your Chakras and Aura

Clearing and releasing enables you to live with greater presence.

Holistic Practices for Grief

Kathryn Drury Wagner speaks with trauma expert Kathryn Templeton on how to move from immobilization into balance and harmony.

A Guide to Spiritual Companionship

A spiritual companion is much like a psychologist for the soul, there to support you on your spiritual path.

Letting Go of "Letting Go"

The art of moving into the peaceful state of Letgo

Contemplating Injury: What Yoga Has Taught Me About Pain
This is how bad things have gotten: I am squatting on my floor by a low table to write this because I threw out my back again and I am in extreme pain. Pain, however, can lead to r…
Breath as Prayer

Many forms of prayer take the same amount of time to complete. The amount of time, it turns out, has powerful physiological benefits.

The Essence of Stillness

An excerpt from Silence by Thich Nhat Hanh

Purpose-​Centered Therapy

Shoma Morita was a Zen Buddhist, and his therapy left a lasting spiritual mark on Japan.

3 Ways To Keep Your Digestive Fires Burning Bright for the Holidays

Try these three recipes for better digestion.

Sleep and Immunity: 6 Ways to Boost Your Body’s Immune System While You are Sleeping

Ward off infection and avoid illness by cranking up your body’s defense system all night long.

Divine Brine for the Dis-Ease of...
The Comparative MindComparing is great for prices at the grocery store, but when we start treating the unique and sacred story of our own life that way, we always invite suffering.…
Here’s Your Happiness Shopping List

These feel-good foods are better alternatives than inhaling a sleeve of ultraprocessed crackers.

Working Mindfully With Physical Pain

Pain can offer an invitation to soften, writes Mark Coleman, the founder of the Mindfulness Institute.

9 Surprising Benefits of Talking to Yourself

It doesn’t mean you’re crazy. In fact, it can help you clarify your thoughts, shake off stress, and boost your mood.

How Childhood Trauma Affects Adult Health
Do the aftereffects of traumatic events we suffered as children follow us into adulthood in a physical way? Research about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) proves that enormous…
Reclaiming Energy Medicine

Intuition medicine pioneer Francesca McCartney has grown from a nearly silent little girl into an outspoken proponent of a once-clandestine healing technology, making the science of energy a respectable twenty-first-century health care choice.

Become Free From Addiction through Spiritual Understanding: Part 1 of 2

Jagad Guru says that all addiction is rooted in misunderstandings about who we are and what we need to be truly happy and fulfilled.

Daydreams as a Tool for Problem-Solving

Daydreams can be the key to solving social problems, achieving goals, and harnessing creative breakthroughs.

Book Preview: Awaken the Sleeping Giant

“A spiritual revolution is long overdue. A simple shift in awareness is all that is needed. No shots will be fired. No blood will be shed.”

The Power of the Smile

Intentionally smiling can be part of your spiritual practice.

The Hidden Dangers of Sunshine and Flowers
As many of you already know, I am not what I would describe as a ‘sunshine and flowers’ yoga teacher. Listening to teachers talk about how wonderful all creation is and seeing insp…
Someone Stole My Buddha!

Reader M.C. Coolidge shares the story of a stolen Buddha statue.

A Mind Shaped by Gardening

Adapted excerpt from The Well-Gardened Mind by Sue Stuart-Smith. (Copyright © 2020 by Sue Stuart-Smith. Reprinted by permission of Scribner, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Inc.)

The Immigrants Who Make America Great
The Fourth of July, the horrific news reports from our southern border, and developments in the Middle East combined to make me reflect on immigration in a personal way. I live…
Pets, Their People, and Coping With the Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, an unlikely hero has emerged: pets. “In addition to helping us navigate an increasingly frightening and lonely world, our pets can also help us manage the interpersonal relationships inside our own walls.”

5 Steps to Relieve Chronic Back Pain

A spinal surgeon shares how to relieve chronic back pain without going under the knife.

Practicing Death
Marti was a bright, optimistic, attractive 40-year-old woman when she first entered a support group for cancer patients that I facilitated at the Center for Attitudinal Healing in …
Reb Zalman: The December Years

Approaching the final years of life with a sense of peace.

Mary Pipher: The Healing Power of Action

The psychologist Mary Pipher unites conservatives and liberals to defend Nebraska’s environment one small, sweet action at a time.

4 Signs You Might Have Messed Up Your Metabolism

Here are four common signs you’ve sent your metabolism reeling, and how to get a reset.

Inhabit Your Own Desert: Lessons From the Ancient Orthodox Monks

St. Antony and those who followed him learned that a desert of silence, solitude, and survival refines the heart.

5 Ways to Be Brave Today

“Now that the whole world feels enveloped in a cloud of fear, we think only healthcare providers and a rare few others can be counted as courageous. Yes, they are: But so are you.”

Create a Healing Circle

Become an “energetic activist” by joining with others to create a collective healing circle in difficult times.

Post-traumatic Strength, through Faith

A Light at the End of the Trauma Tunnel

The Upside of Stress

The stress response is your best ally during difficult moments—a resource to rely on rather than an enemy to vanquish.

Spouses Struggling with Lack of Spiritual Connection

We are delighted to introduce a new online column, The Soul of Therapy, by Kevin Anderson, Ph.D. Dr. Anderson will explore the intersection of the psychological and spiritual in the inevitable struggles that are part of being human.

Chronic Inflammation: Risk Factors and Signs

“Don’t rely on your doctor to point out possible chronic inflammation to you; it doesn’t share the same visible symptoms as acute inflammation.”

5 Questions for Ira Byock

A dialogue on end-of-life care

Dos and Don'ts of Holistic Digestion for Your Animal Companion

Keep your four-legged family members from developing digestive issues by following these holistic and spiritual pet tips from animal chaplain Sarah Bowen.

All the Feels: How Feeling Your Feelings Can Teach You to Heal

“We do not get to choose what feelings arise or how intensely we feel them. Our only choice is in how we relate to them.”

Father’s Final Words Not the Last Word

Psychotherapist Kevin Anderson offers advice to S&H readers. “As professionally prepared as you were for your father’s dying process, there are no credentials or letters after our names that can fully prepare us for losing a loved one.”

Mindfulness: A Gentle Approach to Healing
There’s an interesting story about a woman being chased by a tiger. She is running for her life and comes to the edge of a cliff. Here, she notices a sturdy vine, and climbs down t…
4 Paths to Heal Old Wounds This Holiday Season

Power of Healing is our sacred gift. This holiday season, mend old wounds and restore joy as you journey down four pathways to self-healing.

The Five Fingers of Touch

Understanding your partner’s desires for touch is a key to restoring intimacy

I Am Done: 20 Beliefs I Am Done With

Is there a better time to liberate yourself from what no longer serves you? Emotionally, physically, spiritually, and mentally, you can create space by dumping clutter and removing obstacles.

Eat Well, Laugh A Lot

Mark Hyman and Mia Lux are trying to make people healthier—body and soul.

If You Really Want to Be Heard, Shut Up…

…And recognize the real struggle with your partner is to hear

What Really Happens When We Meditate

An interview with Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson about their new book, Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body

Changing Your Bad Dreams Into Good Thoughts

If you are plagued by nightmares, try one of these three practices to shift your perception of the dream. Then watch how your health is affected.

5 Signs You’re In a Toxic Relationship

If your relationship is unhealthy, it’s time to fix it or get out. But how can you know for sure?

What Are We, Really
BEYOND THE HORIZONSome ideas seem almost too big to begin to wrap one’s mind around — and almost too scary to even try. But given the choice of putting on blinders to stay comforta…
Balance & Boost: 4 Ayurvedic Herbs for Immunity

Ayurveda is about balance and treating the whole body for optimal mental and physical health. Give yourself a boost with these four Ayurvedic herbs for immunity.

Have I Lived

When our inner critic oversteps its bounds, pause with true reflection and rest in your radiance.

Learning to Bloom Where I Am Planted

How I turned from the question of what I wanted from life to what life wants from me

The Ultimate Guide to Caffeine: Black Tea vs. Coffee

We decided to investigate the health properties of both coffee and black tea to see how they compare in aspects beyond simply caffeine count and taste.

One-Moment Meditation for Managers
How an MBA turned to meditation and in the process managed to turn meditation upside down. While a student at the Yale School of Management, I decided to invite all the students, …
Challenging Self-Limiting Beliefs to Reach Your Potential

Just because you believe it doesn’t make it so. Good news: You can retrain your brain to challenge and conquer beliefs that limit you.

Visioning a Re-NEW-able Year

This year, turn to the first known resolution makers—the ancient Babylonians—for inspiration.

Best Books of 2016

S&H’s Favorite Guides for Walking the Seeker’s Path

Book Giveaway: Visit bookmark.spiritualityhealth.com by January 31, 2017, and enter to win a collection of select titles.

How to Break the Spell of Fear

When you take control, you break fear’s spell. The concept is simple, but is difficult to accomplish because fear is the ultimate enabler. I saw that clearly when I went blind.

Best Essential Oils for Peace & Healing

Aromatherapy Pioneers Share Their Favorite Scents

Are You Plant Blind?

Just by occasionally focusing on the natural world, you can bring more joy, peace, and wisdom into your life.

A Solo Journey for Radical Self-Care

A self-described mother martyr goes on a solo journey and rediscovers the value of her own joy.

Navigating Sex During Perimenopause
Having considered himself quite the stud in his 20s, Tom, now in his 40s, is noticing it takes longer to get an erection. He doesn’t want the pressure of having to perform, so he d…
Thanksgiving and Gratitude in Hard Times

Many Americans struggling with health, financial, and emotional problems find it challenging to feel grateful this Thanksgiving. Learn how to develop an attitude of gratitude.

8 Ways to Decalcify Your Pineal Gland for Wellbeing

When you decalcify the pineal gland—known as the third-eye chakra—you remove calcium phosphate deposits. This can lead not only to better health and wellbeing but to higher consciousness.

4 Ways to Focus Your Attention

It’s hard to focus when there’s so much stimuli competing for our attention every second. These tricks can help.

Devotionals: Connecting With Unexpected Ancestors

Devotionals serve as a grounding presence during unprecedented times. “The practice of a daily devotion connects to the idea of spiritual reflection as a way to gain clarity and peace. Daily time for devotion creates inner peace, slows us down, and allows us to connect with the divine.”

The Rest Story

The foundation of mental, physical, and spiritual health is rest. Four rest experts provide insight on sacred rest.

The Well-Gardened Mind: A Psychiatrist’s View on the Healing Power of Nature

We dig in with author Sue Stuart-Smith. “When we sow the soil, we plant seeds of healing within ourselves.”

What the Lunar Eclipse Means for Your Zodiac Sign

Discover how your zodiac sign is affected by the final lunar eclipse of the year.

How to Set Healthy Boundaries With Adult Children

“By approaching this issue in an adult-to-adult way, you are helping both yourself and your grown children continue to develop into responsible individuals who honor each other.”

Core Fears Trigger Reactive Behaviors
Core needs and fears are like two sides of a coin. If a core need feels frustrated or unmet, a core fear will be triggered. For example, if you don’t feel accepted or valued, this …
6 Ways Optimism Positively Impacts Your Health

Be healthier through one simple choice every day: be optimistic

5 Strategies for a Caregiver’s Survival

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The New American LOVE Revolution

This spiritual renaissance is real and has not stopped. It’s just that it’s growth—and, like all growth, it’s messy.” - Marianne Williamson

Ancestral Lineage: You Are the Sum of Your Ancestors

“Our ancestors, even if neglected for 10,000 years, are still an ongoing part of our current manifestation. They bore us. We carry them.”

The Week I Burned My Ego

A life-changing adventure on what’s called Path of Love

What Connects Us: Vulnerability

An excerpt from The Wisdom We're Born With by Daniel Gottlieb

The Experience of Enough
I read Geneen Roth’s best-selling When Food Is Love 20 years and 30 pounds ago. For the first time in my life since I was six, I stopped dieting and started listening to what my bo…
Self-Care With Acupressure for Emotional Balance

“According to Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), emotions that aren’t properly processed become stored in the body—clogging up the flow of vital energy, known as qi, through the body’s invisible network of meridians (channels).”

Thwack!
The Surprise that Heals Trauma It started as an upset whisper that turned into a rant that’s become a roar during the last decade or so. You can hear it in professional circles o…
Brain Wash: Rewire Your Brain for Healthier Habits

Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter explain how we can rewire our brains to develop healthier habits.

How Can I Find a Simple Religion?

Looking for a simple religion to share with your friends? Read on.

Imagineering the Soul

Look to innovative thinkers like Walt Disney’s Imagineers to revitalize your spirit.

8 Creative Techniques to Cope with Painful Emotions
Many of us have a hard time coping with negative emotions. This makes sense. “Painful feelings like anxiety, sadness, anger and shame tap into the parts of our brain that are conne…
Sarah Wilson on This One Wild and Precious Life

Sarah Wilson asks readers to “take an active role in fighting for what we love.”

Extreme Simplicity

10 Lessons from the 4th Century Desert Dwellers

What Is Spiritual Direction?

The ancient practice of examen is one tool a spiritual director can use. The role of a spiritual director is to be a companion, a listener, a witness.

Special Edition: Roadside Assistance Part II

Rabbi Rami is answering your questions, with special editions of his online column Roadside Musings.

Making Music That Heals

Creating music that taps deeply into our consciousness, composer and performer Barry Goldstein is helping people cope with everything from Parkinson’s disease to depression.

Spirituality and Addictions

"When I’m trying to encourage clients struggling with addiction to attend a 12-step program I often hear 'I don’t get anything out of that' or 'I don’t see how hanging out with a bunch of people talking about how terrible their lives are is supposed to help me.' Notice the self-focus in both objections to getting help."

Be Your Own Nurse in a Healing Crisis

A healing crisis brought on by a holistic health treatment is no cause for panic. Rest and replenish with these whole-body remedies.

A Little Light Overcomes Much Darkness: Seeking Good Points

Adapted from Changing the World from the Inside Out

Inside the Mind of Chronic Pain

A new generation of researchers is getting inside the mind of chronic pain—and unlocking powerful psychotherapies against what might be the nation’s biggest health crisis.

20 Creative (and Shame-Free) New Year’s Resolutions

Sometimes we set ourselves up for failure by making promises we can’t keep by initiating resolutions steeped in self-blame.

Candle Gazing and 4 Other Ways to Balance an Overactive Mind

The effects of constantly being “on” can wreak havoc on our bodies and minds. Try candle gazing and these other practices to induce stillness and relieve stress.

Channeling Depression Into a Powerful Tool for Creativity
I wouldn't exactly call depression a gift, but I’ve come to accept the restless emptiness and nagging sadness as signals from my soul instead of merely the symptoms of an illness t…
Rabbi Rami: As a fundamentalist Christian, am I safe from Muslims?
Question: I consider myself a fundamentalist Christian, and I fear Muslims coming to America. Is Islam compatible with American values?Rabbi Rami: If by “Islam” you mean fundamenta…
Let’s Tangle – Creative Meditation for Valentine’s Day

What do you want to Grow or Let Go from your heart?

Increase Ojas to Strengthen Your Immune System

Incorporate Ayurvedic eating principles into your life to increase ojas and support your immune system.

Conquering the Diabetes Dragon – Acknowledgment of the Child Hero

“Healing ceremonies matter—they matter because they serve to empower and bring us through to a different and better place—and to release what no longer serves us.”

Running into Faith

On one especially long winter run, I was overcome by a deep, felt sense that I could trust myself, others, and life in a way that I had never known.

10 Days on a Grain Brain Diet

One woman reports healthy appetite shifts and a clearer head after trying the low-carb, low-sugar regimen.

The Latest Cure for Stress and Insomnia: Orgasms for the Brain

Autonomous sensory meridian response videos, exploding in popularity online, help people relax and get some sleep in a stressful world.

The Process of a Miracle Cure
Until my cancer diagnosis, I’d never been ill. I was terrified and nothing was helping me conquer the fear. Initially, I felt a traumatic paralysis, the fast-breathing, huddled fea…
6 Lesser-Known Ways to Beat Burnout

Are you burned out? It may feel insurmountable at times. The key is finding strategies that work for you. To start ... avoid numbing, feed your soul.

9 Tips for Enhancing Your Emotional Wellbeing in 2020

Boosting your emotional wellbeing doesn’t always have to feature grand gestures and sweeping changes. Here are nine small adjustments you can make in your day-to-day life.

Healing Gifts from the Path of Sikh Dharma
This month we are celebrating the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs. He was born in northern India in 1666, and we celebrate his birthday on January 16th. …
Try a Calm Approach to Your Relationship

An excerpt from Buddhism for Couples by Sarah Napthali

How the Body Creates Our Moods

Classic research grounds our moods in the body, not in the head, and points toward simple steps to happiness.

Right Now, We’re All Dysregulated

Are you an ON person or an OFF person? Yoga teacher and somatic counselor Hala Khouri shares ideas for moving toward self-regulation.

23 Ways to De-Stress in 5 Minutes or Less

Here are almost two dozen proven ways to chill out in no time at all, whether you’re at home, at work, or on the move.

5 Ways to Resolve Anger in Quarantine

Feeling angry and cagey in lockdown with your partner? Here are 5 methods to (resolving) the madness.

The Pendulum of Desire and Discipline

An excerpt from Sarahjoy Marsh's Hunger, Hope, and Healing

Winter Practices To Support Your Inward Journey

This next month can be fertile ground for renewal of spirit and for clarity of mind and heart.

Be Your Own Healing Crisis Guide

A healing crisis is any event in which you feel worse on your way to feeling better. Seeing your healing crisis as a nonlinear journey will help you arrive at the destination of improved health.

Zen and the Art of Not Tearing Your Hair Out
If you had a time machine, would you speed forward into the future or relive the past?Someone asked me this once in a car on a road trip, and while my car-mates reminisced about ti…
How Happy Brains Respond to Negative Things

New research provides a whole new understanding of the brain's amygdala—and suggests that happy people take the bad with the good.

How Do I Find My Authentic Self?

Rabbi Rami on being authentic, spirituality vs. religion, and aliens.

Do Dings and Divots Reveal Soul?
My mother died suddenly from a heart attack, and I can’t rid myself of the anger I feel toward her for that. I love her deeply, and I feel guilty about the anger. And I’m fearful t…
The XX Brain: Inside a Woman's Brain

Lisa Mosconi, PhD, explores women's health in her new book, The XX Brain. She sheds light on how women can keep their brains healthy and prevent Alzheimer's, and what exactly those hormonal changes really mean.

Preventing Sciatica

Sciatica can be debilitating. Preventing sciatica requires some life changes, but it’s worth it.

Let Your Body Lead You Through Grief

The suffering of grief can begin to heal by accepting support and practicing self-care.

The Time for a Spiritual Revolution is Now

Our collective purpose is to discover, surrender, and inspire.

A Certain Sadness: My Relationship with Depression
I know the holidays bring up a lot for some people.How about you? Are you depressed?(I feel like I am about to write copy for an anti-depressant commercial. Are you depressed? Trou…
The Awakening of an Elixir Goddess

Discovering ancient, healthy, alternative highs for an alcohol-soaked society

Embodying Change: How Movement Can Transform Your Life

Research now proves what these experts already knew: that if you want to change your life, the place to start isn't in your mind, but in your body.

The Spiritual Flame of Rage

A journey toward accepting—and even embracing—anger.

How to Avoid Holiday Meltdowns

This season, avoid the usual meltdowns and instead forge meaningful connections.

How to Meditate in a Minute

An MBA turned to meditation—and turned the process upside down.

Dr. Bruce Greyson Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond

What will you see on the precipice of death? Dr. Bruce Greyson explores what near-death experiences reveal about the afterlife in his book “After.”

Too Much Stuff?

Tired of all the JUNK? Become inspired by Benedictine simplicity. Look for new ways to keep your space less cluttered.

3 Steps to Get Your Writing Back on Track

Make your way through the season of life when writing seems impossible.

Getting Used to Stuff: A Conversation with Daniel Gottlieb
“Thank God for GPS,” sighs psychologist, family therapist, radio host, and author Daniel Gottlieb, rolling into the Jewish Community Center in Bridgewater, New Jersey. If it were p…
Beyond the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
About fifteen years ago, Robert E. Thayer, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at California State University Long Beach and author of the recent book The Origin of Everyday Moods (Ox…
Giving Thanks for 21 Blessings in Disguise
by Belinda Munoz Editors’ Note: This guest post originally appeared on Belinda Munoz’s blog, The Halfway Point. We found Belinda’s list so inspiring, and are grateful to her for a…
Why Are So Many Adults Today Haunted by Trauma?

Our political and social systems don't support fundamental human needs, says Gabor Mate—which affects our ability to deal with traumatic events.

What Helps and What Hurts

Yoga can be a great tool for recovery, but only if yoga teachers understand how to shape the practice to the needs of people healing from trauma.

The Talking Tree


Shamanic practitioner (and emergency medic) Winter Ross met a sister in a wounded ponderosa pine.

How Fats Help You Stay Lean, Plus 9 Other Need-To-Know Fat Facts

Confused about whether fat is good or bad for you? Here’s the scoop.

The Healing Gift of Cats

"Both Orange and I ate the same food every day. But I ate it with resentment and he with gratitude."

8 Ways to Live With a Chronic Illness

Don't just cope with chronic illness. Discover ways to let go, address limitations, and move forward while living with chronic illness.

7 Questions to Help Connect Us to Our Truth and Integrity

Adapted from The Integrity Advantage: Step into Your Truth, Love Your Life, & Claim Your Magnificence

Holding Fast

Long practiced to purify body and mind, the discipline of fasting finds new relevance in modern research 
that points to powerful benefits to abstaining from food.

The Mechanics of Emotional Contagion: Who Affects Whom?

An excerpt from How the Art of Medicine Makes the Science More Effective: Becoming the Medicine We Practice

To Breathe Perchance to Dream

Slow, deep, diaphragmatic—breathwork sounds, and is, so beneficial for treating insomnia. But they call it work for a reason.

Compassionate Conversations: Advice From Three Experts

Leaning how to have real conversations about important topics with people you disagree with is a skill. These days, it's more important than ever. Diane Hamilton, Gabriel Wilson, and Kimberly Loh offer useful advice and powerful stories in their new book Compassionate Conversations.

Caffeine: The Addiction We Share … and Don’t Talk About
Young lovers sit at a sidewalk café and sip espresso between kisses; a group of giggling cheerleaders head for a cooler filled with iced energy drinks; a group of happy kids swing …
6 Refreshing Ways to Connect With the Earth

Forge a deeper connection with the world around you in six simple ways. Start with a DIY nature altar.

Drop Out of Your Life

Here's how and why from six people who made it happen.

Cultivate the Habits of Lasting Happiness

The key to happiness is in giving, not getting. Yeah, you know that. But do you know why?

7 Steps to Resolve and Release Emotional Turmoil

Pain from the past can build up and fester within us. These 7 steps will help you alleviate that pain and move forward to a more mindful state.

The Essence of Forgiveness
Forgiveness is not so much an act as an attitude. As an act, forgiveness raises the forgiver above the forgiven; it empowers the one even as it disempowers the other. I know this…
Marianne Williamson: Love is the Bottom Line
Twenty years after she introduced a new generation to A Course in Miracles in her bestselling book, A Return to Love, Marianne Williamson is still taking on the world—with a …
Love Is Blind: A Romance About (Not Having) Choice

Love Is Blind is a strange hit, a romance about having all of our choices made for us.

How to Focus a Wandering Mind

New research reveals what happens in a wandering mind—and sheds light on the cognitive and emotional benefits of increased focus.

The Healing Power of Water

For millennia, humans have sought physical relief, emotional healing, and even spiritual renewal by immersing themselves in water. Writer Lindsey Crittenden soaks it all in.

Rewiring My Brain

“So, what are you doing now?” my well-meaning friends would ask after I had quit my job with no apparent employment or other occupation in sight. The only honest answer I could give was to say, “I’m rewiring my brain.”

6 Meditations For Personal Transformation

“While personal transformation may not be the goal for everyone, I can’t help but think so many people limit themselves.”

The Way of the Soul

Inspired by Rumi’s poetry, deep curiosity, and a wish to learn more about Islam, Kate Green Tripp, a Santa Cruz-based editor and yoga teacher, traveled to Turkey.

The Source of Flow & The Battle of the Bottleneck

To protect one source of profound happiness, you need to know how your brain creates it. A brain surgeon explains.

Why Your Life Matters
In the 1990s I spent many happy years living in a beautiful apartment overlooking the River Thames in London. Then, in the summer of ’96, everything came crashing down. After findi…
Soothe: Set Up Your Inner Sanctum
Have you ever noticed that when you walk into a spa, you feel the tension begin to melt away before you even have a treatment? You're likely being cloaked in a preplanned double wh…
Animal Mystics

How can we live in sacred relationship with the more-than-human world?

What’s in a Spiritual Name
When Shakespeare’s Juliet asserted that “a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet,” she likely got it wrong. At least, that’s what the devotees who adopt spiritual names eve…
Becoming Shameless

A decade ago, Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber launched the wildly successful House for All Sinners and Saints to have a church where she “didn’t have to ‘nicen’ myself up.” Now, she’s given that church up to make sex safe from religion.

Why Your Brain Needs to Dream

Research shows that dreaming is not just a byproduct of sleep, but serves its own important functions in our well-being.

What We Still Don’t Know about Mindfulness Meditation

Despite the hype, researchers are still exploring the benefits of meditation and how much practice we need to achieve them.

Spring Detox
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Inner Climate Change

The world is inflamed, and so are we. Maybe the two are connected, and maybe healing our own bodies can help heal the world.

Just Say Yes
Dr. Ron Alexander sat listening to the record company executives and staff he’d been hired to help. They’d sought him out as a mindfulness expert and corporate consultant to help t…
10 Lies My Breast Surgeon Told Me
By Bianca Alexander and Howard Jacobson, Ph.D.According to the NIH, approximately 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. While technical…
Practices for How COVID-19 Can Create Lasting, Positive Change

“As we find ourselves in the midst of various stages of reopening across the globe, our collective memory of this disaster can either fade away into history or become a drumbeat for a more just, equitable and sustainable society.”

16 Affirmations for Surrender and Trust

Stuck and disappointed? Affirmations for surrender and trust can help get you through.

Indulging the Totally Selfish Joys of Selfless Giving
Here’s the science behind creating a chain reaction of goodnessThough economists and grumps have long argued to the contrary, many spiritual traditions teach us that, at our core, …
Get Unstuck

We live in stories—all of us, all of the time. This is a story about breaking through writer’s block and the start of a focused, passionate, and productive period

Five Science-Backed Strategies to Build Resilience

When the road gets rocky, what do you do?

Is a Happy Life Different from a Meaningful One?

A scientific controversy about the relationship between meaning and happiness raises fundamental questions about how to live a good life from The Greater Good Science Center.

Your Soul Needs Playtime
A few years ago, when I was teaching an undergraduate seminar at Stanford on the psychology of happiness, I had the students put away their books and push their chairs to the side …
40 Days to a Lean, Calm, Energized & Happy Self

An interview with Sara Gottfried MD

Making Belief in Mary

We humans come to believe what we practice, so what we choose to practice is critical. Praying the rosary may be the best practice of all.

7 Reasons Why You Need Prebiotics

Because the health of our gut is closely tied to many other bodily functions, prebiotics and probiotics together are important for battling inflammation and lowering overall disease risk.

Meals Together at the Long Table

Plant-based chef, nutrition professor, and researcher Amy Symington shares her take on creating meals that support community, connection, and health.

Why We Forgive

By letting go of past hurts, we can heal not only ourselves, but our families, our communities, and our world.

Create Your Own Holy Day
We are entering one of the busiest spiritual seasons of the year, so we asked for some special “Roadside Assistance” from Rabbi Rami Shapiro:• What are holy days for?• How should w…
The Air We Share

As our air becomes more polluted, healthy breathing habits are becoming even harder to establish.

The Joy Of Being Feminine Wisdom and the Power of Weakness
What is feminine wisdom? What is feminine power? What role can they play — for both men and women — in this time of such significant global change? Feminine wisdom is mysterious an…
Returning Home: An American Expat Evacuates India During COVID-19

Read about a difficult journey home from India during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Face to the Floor: How a Buddhist American woman opened her heart to Islam
Omar stood on my doorstep, smiling and peering at me through square, outdated glasses. He placed his hand over his heart in a traditional Muslim greeting and stepped inside. His d…
Your Body Knows the Answer

An Interview with David Rome

Teachers We Trust
Here’s a simple truth: Everyone is a spiritual teacher. Parents, of course, are profound spiritual teachers. So are children. So are siblings. So are priests and imams and school t…
Chasing That Most Important Point

Stephen Kiesling and Zen priest Edward Espe Brown converse about Zen, Tassajara, the beginner's mind, and more.

Meet Your Parasites: Can They Help Heal Autoimmune Disorders?
Years after scientists first noticed that autoimmune disorders rise as our environment gets cleaner, a new generation of researchers is looking at parasites not as a scourge but as…
The Generative Game of Life

Generative people tend to be those who have worked through their identity crises. Their life stories -- good or horrible -- tend to be coherent. They're dealing with their stuff, figuring out who they are. In other words, self-help isn't selfish.

79 Quotes On Inner and Outer Peace

Great quotes to inspire you to become more compassionate, loving, accepting and peaceful.

The Second Coming of Psychedelics

Inside the mind-tripping, soul-changing, ground-shifting, 21st century therapy.

Create Your Own Rituals: Ideas for weddings, funerals, and more

“When we, or someone we love, goes through a rite of passage, we need the alchemical blend of jubilation and gravitas.”

Live from a Place of Love: An Interview with Wayne Dyer
Dr. Wayne Dyer is a famously self-made man who was born in Detroit in 1940 and spent his early years in orphanages. He became a high school guidance counselor and then a professor …
Personal Accountability in Chaos

James Hollis and Stephen Kiesling discuss Jung, accountability, and the stories we tell ourselves.

Spiritual Radicals: A New Spirituality

These seven spiritual leaders represent a variety of perspectives, backgrounds, and traditions. They are creating change on the ground, touching lives, and helping to define the future of spirituality.

The Soundtrack of Healing
Outside the main entrance to the 80-acre campus of Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Colorado, the air is filled with the sweet serenade of chirping bobwhites and…
Why Relationships Are So Difficult
On any given day, 1.6 million of us are blogging, 27 million are tweeting, and 1.5 billion are posting on Facebook. We’re emailing during meetings, texting during lectures, and tal…
Empowered by the Sacred
An Invocation"Rise and place your hands on your heart. Bow your head to your heart and in doing so, bow your mind, bow your intelligence, bow your ego, to the presence of the Livin…
Four Legal Entheogens for the Spiritual Explorer
Throughout human history, spiritual seekers have used sacred plants and fungi for healing, visionary encounters, and mystical experience. Though this history has been largely obfus…